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Colposcopy-Management of abnormal Papsmears

If you are aged 25-74, you should have your cervical screening test done once every 5 years and if the test shows no HPV infection you do not need to have another screening for five years.

If your test results show a type of HPV infection needing further investigation, or abnormal cells are found that need treatment, your GP will refer you for further testing to see a Specialist for Colposcopy.

Colposcopy- is a procedure used to look closely at the cervix, vagina and vulva to help locate any abnormal cells and usually takes 10 to 15 minutes. You may feel some minor discomfort during the procedure.

The areas to be looked at are painted with acetic acid and iodine and sometimes a biopsy may be taken as well and sent to lab for examination by the pathologist.

After a colposcopy with a biopsy, you may experience cramping similar to menstrual pain. Some discharge and spotting /bleeding is expected. You should avoid tampons and sex for 3-4 days after colposcopy to avoid risk of any infection.

There is a very small risk of infection or heavy bleeding. You should contact us if you experience any of the following.

  • Fever
  • Offensive vaginal discharge
  • Severe pelvic pain
  • Heavy bleeding that lasts longer than 5 days
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