Advanced Gynaecological Surgery Centre
 

Treatment Options

Colposcopy

A colposcopy is a procedure provided by gynaecologist who examines your cervix with a microscope to help identify any abnormalities. This procedure differs from a Pap smear and may be recommended if you have an abnormal Pap smear result.

What to Expect ?

Having a colposcopy will take between 10-15 minutes.

A colposcopy is usually scheduled for a time when you are not having your period.

During the procedure, a small sample of tissue (a biopsy) may be taken from any abnormal looking areas in your cervix.

The Procedure

  1. Similar to a pap smear examination.
  2. The doctor looks at your cervix with a colposcope.
  3. A solution is applied to the cervix. This makes areas where there are changes in the cells turn white helping the doctor to identify abnormalities.
  4. Having identified any abnormalities, the doctor may take a tiny biopsy from any areas of concern.
  5. There may be some associated crampy discomfort afterwards which is quickly resolved with pain relief.
  6. The tissue collected is sent to a laboratory for testing to confirm the diagnosis.

After the Procedure

  • You may have some ‘spotting' for a few hours – a pad will be provided
  • You should avoid rigorous physical exercise for 24 hours
  • To reduce your risk of bleeding or infection you should avoid sexual intercourse, swimming or baths (including a spa) and using tampons for one to two days.

Your Results

A Follow up Appointment will be made to discuss your results with your doctor.