You will be referred for a colposcopy if your cervical screening test shows the presence of a type of HPV infection that requires investigation OR abnormal cells were found that may require treatment.
A colposcopy is an examination of your cervix performed by a gynaecologist. During this examination, the specialist will use a device called a colposcope to get a magnified view of your cervix. Traditionally colposcopes are similar to a pair of binoculars on a stand. Evolve Women’s Health utilises the latest high definition digital technology to complete colposcopy examinations – rather than “binoculars” our colposcope is more like a small hand held digital camera.
Evolve Women’s Health uses a special examination bed (“The Gracie”). The bed will lift you into the correct position for the examination – no more “legs up in stirrups”! A speculum will be inserted to view your cervix, special liquid will be applied which will highlight any areas of abnormality. If there is an area of concern, Dr Chettle will take a small biopsy sample which will be sent to the laboratory for testing.
If you have a biopsy, you may have some mild pain for a short time. You should avoid rigorous exercise for 24 hours after and it is best to avoid sexual intercourse for one to two days. You can shower, however avoid swimming, bathing and spas for one to two days. These precautions reduce your risk of bleeding or infection. You may have some discharge and ‘spotting’ for a few hours afterwards, so it is a good idea to take a thin sanitary pad or panty liner to the appointment.
Dr Chettle will organise a follow-up appointment to review your results. If treatment is required, that will be discussed during this appointment.