You are sometimes referred to a specialist gynaecologist if you have an abnormal pap smear. Anju is an experienced colposcopist. She has additional certification required to perform a colposcopy, manage and treat abnormal cervical changes. Anju is a member of Australian Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and participates in the CQUIP, the colposcopy quality and certification program in Australia.
Information for you
Whilst the majority of women with an abnormality will not have cancer it is important that the precancerous conditions are managed well to prevent disease in future.
These appointments usually take 45 minutes. At this visit, Anju takes a brief history and reviews your pap smear results. The colposcopy procedure is performed to further evaluate virus and pap smear abnormalities. Sometimes it can also be recommended if abnormal bleeding is present despite normal smear.
The patient is positioned in a special gynaecological chair and a speculum examination is performed similar to a pap smear. A special solution is applied to the cervix which highlights cell changes when viewed under magnification (colposcope). When these changes are seen small biopsy(s) is taken few mm in size. Some women feel a pinch sometimes cramping and some do not feel anything.
Women may have spotting and discharge for the next few days. It is generally recommended to avoid intercourse, swimming, and tampons for the next 3 days.
You are invited for a review appointment in 4-6 weeks after the procedure to discuss the results. Appropriate treatment and/or follow up is then arranged.