The procedure is called a colposcopy. It's where they take samples of your cervical tissue. It's NOT STD related! The only STD it could be is HPV, which they generally don't even test for because approximately 50% of Americans have it. It doesn't do much but increase the risk for PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) and for cervical cancer, which is what the Pap is testing for. So they found abnormal cells, which MAY or MAY NOT mean there are precancerous cells there. That's why they're following up with the colposcopy. The doc will go in with the speculum (the duck thing) and a light, and if he/she sees anything that doesn't look like normal healthy tissue, they will cut it out and send it to the pathologist to analyze it for cancerous or precancerous cells.
This is NOT related to sexual partners, I promise!!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I've assisted in this procedure many times.
at 10:02 PM on Oct. 14, 2010