Examination of the and using a lighted magnifying instrument.
A procedure in which a lighted, magnifying instrument called a colposcope is used to examine the , , and .
During colposcopy, an instrument called a is inserted into the to widen it so that the can be seen more easily. A vinegar solution may be used to make abnormal easier to see with the colposcope. Tissue samples may be taken using a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette and checked under a microscope for signs of disease.
Colposcopy may be used to check for of the , , and , and changes that may lead to .