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What is a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a test to examine the cervix. It’s a routine and painless procedure, usually done if you had a cervical screening test (smear test) detect abnormal cells.

What happens during a colposcopy?

During a colposcopy your Gynaecologist Consultant will insert a speculum into your vagina.


A microscope is then used to look at your cervix in greater detail. A biopsy may be taken from your cervix for testing. It is possible for abnormal cells to be treated during a colposcopy.

If further treatment is required to treat abnormal cells you may require treatment to your cervix.

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