What is a vulvar biopsy?
It is a procedure done in the clinic. Your provider removes a small piece of (vulvar) skin. It is sent to the pathologist who will look for abnormal cells. This will help you and your provider decide the best treatment.
How is a vulvar biopsy done?
- A numbing medicine may be put on your skin before the injection.
- A small needle will be used to inject a numbing medicine where the vulvar biopsy will be taken. You may feel a brief burning or stinging sensation.
- Your provider will then remove a small piece of vulvar skin.
- The skin from where the biopsy is taken may be closed with 2 to 3 stitches.
How do I care for the biopsy site?
- Keep the site clean and dry. Cover it with plain white petrolatum (Vaseline®) or zinc oxide ointment.
- Soak in lukewarm bath water mixed with 4 to 5 tablespoons (Tbsp) of baking soda. Soak for 10 minutes 2 times a day for 5 to 7 days if possible.
- Use your Peri Rinse bottle filled with lukewarm water mixed with 1 to 2 teaspoons (tsp) of baking soda. Use it 2 times a day for 5 to 7 days.
- Take over-the-counter medicines as ordered by your provider or the package directions to lessen any discomfort.
- The stitches may come out on their own before you come back to the clinic. This will not cause a problem.
What will happen during my follow-up visit?
You may have a follow-up visit in 1 to 2 weeks. At that time, your provider will:
- Remove any stitches that are still there.
- Talk with you about the results.
- Talk with you about needed treatment or follow-up.