At Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center, the board-certified, on-staff OB-GYN specializes in gynecology and is available to provide a full range of gynecological care. She provides expert treatment for abnormal Pap smears, endometriosis, and menopause. Serving people in and around Boulder and Longmont, Colorado, Women’s Health can address a number of your specialized gynecological needs.
Specialized Gynecology Q & A
What are specialized gynecological services?
Specialized gynecological care involves treatment that’s beyond the standard screenings that happen at an annual exam, such as STI testing and birth control consultations. Such services include:
LEEP, or loop electrosurgical excision procedure
The advanced practice nurses may recommend you see the gynecologist for these procedures and screenings, or you may be referred by other doctors in the community.
What is a colposcopy?
Sometimes a Pap smear reveals abnormal cells that need further analysis. A colposcopy is a procedure involving a high-powered microscope that looks at the cervix, vagina, and vulva. The doctor places a speculum in the vagina and inserts the colposcope to view the cervix. She takes several biopsies, which may cause a pinching sensation for a moment or two. The biopsies are then sent to a lab for further review.
What are LEEP and cryosurgery?
The doctor performs a LEEP, or loop electrosurgical excision procedure, to treat abnormal cells on your cervix. An electrical cutting wire removes the abnormal cells so they may be sent to a lab for further analysis.
With cryosurgery, the doctor uses a freezing technique to remove abnormal cells discovered during a Pap smear.
What is an endometrial biopsy?
An endometrial biopsy describes a procedure in which a tissue sample is taken from the lining of the uterus and checked under a microscope for abnormalities. You might have an endometrial biopsy to:
Check for uterine cancer
Identify the cause of irregular or heavy periods, or the cause of bleeding in women who have already gone through menopause
Check whether the endometrium is going through normal changes during the menstrual cycle
During a uterine biopsy, the doctor places a speculum into the vagina and cleanses the cervix. They then place a small tube through the cervix into the uterine cavity, and a plunger on the tube creates suction that removes a sampling of cells.
What is a vulvar biopsy?
A vulvar biopsy helps diagnose lesions of the vulvar skin, the external female genitalia. You might need a vulvar biopsy if you have pain, itching, or notice changes in the appearance and texture of the skin there.