RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
Colposcopy is a safe procedure that carries very few risks. Rarely, complications can occur, including:
- Heavy bleeding
- Pelvic pain
When to call your doctor
Signs and symptoms that may indicate complications include:
- Bleeding that is heavier than what you typically experience during your period
- Severe abdominal pain
Call your doctor if you experience any of these signs and symptoms after your colposcopy.
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