Colposcopy in Adelaide
Colposcopy is a medical procedure that allows a doctor to closely examine a woman's cervix, vagina, and vulva using a special instrument called a colposcope. This procedure is typically performed when there are abnormal cervical screening test results, or if a woman experiences certain symptoms such as abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge.
During a colposcopy, the doctor will insert a speculum into the vagina, which helps to separate the walls and allows for a better view of the cervix. The colposcope, which is a magnifying instrument, is then used to examine the cervix and surrounding tissues for any abnormal areas.
The colposcope does not enter the vagina or touch the body, but rather sits just outside of it, allowing for a clear view of the cervix. If an abnormality is detected during the colposcopy, the doctor may take a biopsy, which involves removing a small sample of tissue for further examination in a laboratory. This can help to determine the extent of the abnormality and whether or not it is cancerous.
Colposcopy is a relatively simple and safe procedure that is typically performed in a doctor's office or clinic. Most women can resume normal activities immediately after the procedure, although some may experience mild discomfort or spotting.
It is important for women to attend regular cervical screening tests and to follow up with their healthcare provider if any abnormal results are detected. Early detection and treatment of abnormal cervical cells can help prevent the development of cervical cancer.
For more information about a colposcopy, or to arrange a consultation with Dr Mandana Master at Burnside Women’s Health in Adelaide, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (08) 8364 3642, or fill in the contact form below.