Treatment: Vulvar Biopsy

A vulvar biopsy means removing a sample of tissue from the vulva. This test is used to check for abnormalities to identify a vulvar condition, vulvar cancer or another skin disease.

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Why you might need?

A biopsy is a procedure by which a small sample of skin or tissue is removed and tested for abnormalities. A vulvar biopsy is usually a test for skin cancer or another sort of skin disease. During a vulvar biopsy, a small piece of tissue is taken from the area of the skin in the outer part of the woman’s genitals, that looks abnormal.

If you have patches of your vulvar that might appear abnormal, your doctor may recommend that you have a vulvar biopsy. ‘Abnormal’ skin may be any of the following:

  • Areas of skin that are white
  • Areas of skin that are red, pink, grey, brown
  • Areas of skin that are bumpy
  • A sore that is persistent or won’t heal
  • Genital warts that reoccur

Treatment Info

A biopsy is a fairly quick procedure, taking only about 20 minutes to perform.

First, you will receive some local anaesthetic which will help to numb the area. Once numb, your doctor will take a sample of the skin with a tool. The amount of skin removed will depend on your individual condition – your doctor at OneWelbeck will discuss with you which kind of biopsy you will need.

The tissue removed during the biopsy is then checked for abnormalities. Your doctor will tell you if you need any follow-up tests.

Following your procedure

The general anaesthetic will wear off after 2 hours after which you will be advised to take some paracetamol. Make sure you follow the instructions on the packet or ask your pharmacist.

Treatment Recovery

Like any procedure, a vulvar biopsy has some possible risks/side effects such as:

  • Pain
  • Infection – symptoms of infection include increase in pain, redness, swelling, or discharge from the wound.
  • Bleeding – note, a small amount of bleeding is normal. Applying a small amount of pressure for 20 minutes should stop the bleeding
  • Blood blister (hematoma)
  • Bruising
  • Loss of skin colour in the area (hypopigmentation)
  • Scaring

Treatment Programme
Vulvar Biopsy


Health Insurance

This service or treatment is generally covered by most health insurance policies. You are responsible for checking your insurance policy cover, and you may need a referral letter. Check which insurance companies are covered.


Doctor Referral Only

You will generally need to get a referral letter from your NHS GP, Private GP, or other doctor to access this service or treatment. Find out more including how we can assist you


Self-Pay Available

This treatment is available for self-paying users. If you would like to see more information on pricing visit our pricing and payments page.


Consultation Required

For this treatment you will need to have a 1-to-1 consultation at OneWelbeck first. To book in with our team of expert clinicians or to find out more about the process contact the relevant centre team.


Same Day Availability

We usually have same-day appointments available for this service. Please call us to book.

Vulvar Biopsy Specialists

We have brought together a group of leading gynaecologists and breast specialists to form our Women’s Health team. With over 200 years of combined experience, these expert clinicians are the best in their field and are all focused on delivering the very best patient care.