1. Preprocedure:
    1. Avoid intercourse for 24-48hr prior to your office visit
    2. Eat regularly; do not come to the procedure with an empty stomach
    3. Take over the counter medication for cramping 30-60 minutes before your procedure. For example, if you do not have an allergy to ibuprofen, take 3 tablets of 200mg ibuprofen 30 minutes before your procedure. If you cannot tolerate ibuprofen, then take Tylenol 650mg, 60 minutes prior to the procedure.
    4. If you are particularly anxious about your procedure ask your provider for alternative pre-procedure medication such as Valium and/or Norco
  2. Post procedure:
    1. A biopsy or pap smear may be performed at the time of colposcopy. Light menstrual like bleeding may occur- have sanitary napkins available as tampon use is prohibited for 72 hours after this procedure.
    2. Vaginal discharge may resemble mustard and coffee grounds and may be chunky.


Call the office at any time of the day if you have:

  • Vaginal bleeding that soaks one sanitary pad every 1-2 hours
  • Malodorous discharge
  • Cramping or pain that doesn’t lessen with ibuprofen or Tylenol medications usage
  • If you have a temperature over 100.0 F
  • If you have difficulty urinating