- Pap smears, management of abnormal pap smears
- Contraception, IUD, Implanon, Mirena, Tubal ligation
- Period problems, Heavy periods, Novasure
- Fibroids, Polyps, Cysts
- Pelvic pain
- Prolapse and Pelvic floor repair
- Laparoscopy, vaginal surgery and abdominal surgery.
If you have had an abnormality detected on a pap smear, you may be referred for a colposcopy.
This is a procedure where the cervix is viewed under magnification with an instrument called a colposcope (like a microscope that allows a close up inspection of the cervix). You are able to see your gynaecologist for an initial consultation and colposcopy on the same day.
For the examination, you will be required to change into a gown and lie on an examination couch, with your legs supported. Your doctor will insert a speculum into the vagina and may take another pap smear.
The cervix is then painted with a solution to highlight any changes on the cervix. The cervix is then inspected with the colposcope. You may require a biopsy, where a small sample of tissue is sent off for testing.
If you have a biopsy, you should wait two days before swimming in pools, tampons or sex to reduce the risk of infection.
It is preferable that you do not have your period at the time of colposcopy to allow for the best possible view of the cervix.
Click here for a pdf booklet explaining Pap Smear Results.