Treatments and tests

Colposcopy

A colposcopy is a test that is used to look at the cervix. This is done in a clinic room and does not require any special preparation or anaesthetic. The procedure is similar to a Pap smear. During a colposcopy a specialist (colposcopist) will insert a speculum into your vagina and will then look at your cervical cells with an instrument called a colposcope.

A colposcope is a special microscope that allows the specialist to view the cells of the cervix. A special solution will then be applied to your cervix to highlight any abnormal cells. Depending on the degree of abnormality of the cells the specialist may or may not take a small tissue sample (cervical biopsy). If the specialist feels a biopsy is unnecessary they will tell you this and recommend your follow-up plan for a Pap smear and/or another colposcopy.


Acknowledgements

WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program

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