What is vulvoscopy?
A vulvoscopy is an examination of the vulval skin performed using colposcope to investigate vulval diseases and problems including precancer and cancer of the vulva. Vulvoscopy is performed if women have vulval soreness, itching, bleeding or an abnormal lump.
How is it performed?
Vulvoscopy is usually carried out in clinic and do not require general anaesthetic. After antiseptic preparations colposcope is used to to magnify vulval skin. Light attached to colposcope illuminates vulval skin and camera attached to colposcope can relays images to television screen. Acetic acid and/or Lugol’s iodine solution may be used to identify abnormal areas in vulval skin.
Small diagnostic (punch) biopsy may be carried out depending on the findings of the vulvoscopic examination. Local anaesthetic injection is used prior to taking biopsy.
How long does it take?
Vulvoscopy usually takes about 5mins but if vulval biopsy is required it can take additional 10mins.
What are the risks and complications?
Vulvoscopy is a very simple examination and does not have any major risk. If biopsy is taken, rarely, women may experience minor bleeding or infection