What is a Vulvoscopy?

Vulvoscopy is an examination of the vulva skin, labia and perineum using a special microscope called a colposcope. A weak solution of Acetic Acid (vinegar) is applied on the vulva. This allows your doctor to observe any cell changes on the vulva.

Why is Vulvoscopy performed?

A Vulvoscopy may be recommended for

– Vulva pain or soreness

– Any abnormal skin lesions or whitening

– Vulva pain during sexual intercourse

– Itching / Burning

– Splitting of skin at the vulva

How is Vulvoscopy performed?

A vulvoscopy is performed by using a colposcope to magnify the vulvar skin area, so any abnormalities can be seen clearly. If any abnormalities are detected, a small biopsy will be taken under a local anaesthetic to be examined for any abnormal cells.

A Vulvoscopy will show whether treatment is needed and will determine the nature of an abnormality.

Your doctor will explain your procedure in detail prior to your appointment, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

What should I expect from these procedures?

After the procedure, you may experience some pain and bleeding for a few days. It should not restrict your daily activities. If a biopsy is done, you may experience a small amount of brown vaginal discharge. It is recommended to abstain from sex until the bleeding has stopped.