What is a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a way to examine your vulva, vagina and cervix using a special magnifying device.  The colposcope is a pair of binoculars that magnifies the cervix by 6-10.


Mr Annan has been doing colposcopy for 40 years and has been a member of the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology since its inauguration.


Who needs a colposcopy?

The main reason for referral for colposcopy is following an ‘abnormal’ cervical smear.   The colposcope can also be used to examine the vagina and vulva for pre cancerous cells.


What are the possible outcomes?

A report of an abnormal smear does not mean cancer.


In many patients the colposcopy confirms there is a precancerous lesion, referred to as CIN. Once this is detected and removed the chance of developing cervical cancer in the future is virtually nil.


What happens during a colposcopy?

The colposcopy examination is done on the same day that you are seen in the clinic but in a special treatment room nearby. The procedure will be fully explained to you and you will then be given a pamphlet to read. You will be required to sign a consent form for the procedure.


You will be supported by a clinic nurse throughout the procedure, which will take less than five minutes. It will be no more uncomfortable than a smear test. During the colposcopy a small biopsy of the cervix may be taken, after administration of a local anaesthetic.


When will I get my results?

At the end of the colposcopy examination Mr Annan will be able to let you know whether you need any further treatment and make arrangements for future follow up by either your GP or himself.


Do you have any questions?

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