If a pap test indicates abnormalities, your medical provider may perform a colposcopy. A Colposcopy is a way for your medical provider to use a special magnifying device to examine your vulva, vagina, and cervix.

If a problem is discovered during the colposcopy, a small sample of tissue may be taken (a biopsy) for testing.

Colposcopies are usually done to look at the vagina and cervix when the result of a Pap test is abnormal.