A colposcopy is a magnifying apparatus that enables your gynaecolologist to view your cervix and vagina in extremely close detail.
It is useful for identifying cell abnormalities in the cervix and birth canal. A colposcopy is an effective way for surgeons to assess the area, using a minimally invasive, pain free procedure. In some cases the presence of abnormal cells can be a sign of developing cervical cancer, so a colposcopy enables surgeons to identify whether treatment is needed to deal with these cells or if they are healthy. It can also be used to investigate cervical erosion, chronic cervicitis, abnormal vaginal bleeding, painful intercourse, and inflamed cervix.
During the procedure, your gynaecologist will use a special type of microscope to examine your cervix. A strong light and camera are attached to the colposcope, and are used to transmit images of your cervix onto a small screen for your gynaecologist to examine further. Throughout the procedure, it will remain outside of your body and will not enter your vagina. However, your gynaecologist will apply some solution to your cervix to highlight the abnormal areas.
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