Have you had an abnormal smear and are worried?


A colposcopy is a detailed examination of the cervix (neck of the womb) using a colposcope (a lens that magnifies the view of the cervix). Colposcopy allows carefully examination of the surface of the cervix to look for, and treat (if appropriate) any abnormal cells that have caused the abnormal smear result. 

Colposcopy is carried out in the outpatient clinic. It is very similar to having a cervical smear taken, just taking a few minutes longer. Most patients find it no more uncomfortable than having a smear test. Depending on the results of the examination a biopsy may be recommended and usually this causes only minor discomfort. If the colposcopy examination shows an area that requires treatment this can usually be done at the same time with local anaesthetic.

If you wish to make an appointment for colposcopy, prior to your appointment taking place you will be provided with further information about what to expect during and after the examination.