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Colposcopy
Colposcopy is a simple and painless procedure that allows your gynaecologist to examine the cervix with a microscope. No part of the microscope itself enters the vagina. It usually follows the finding of an abnormal smear result.

A speculum is inserted into the vagina and solutions are applied to the cervix to highlight the abnormal areas. Tiny biopsies may then be taken, which are then sent for analysis to the laboratory. If moderate or severe changes are found, you may need treatment, which is usually done as an outpatient.

We recommend that you do not have sex for 3-4 days after a colposcopy, and you may have some bleeding or discharge for a few days.
After Colposcopy
After treatment you will need regular check ups to ensure that the cervix remains healthy. You will need annual smears for the next ten years.

Some women worry that having sex will make the problem worse or that abnormal changes could be passed on to their partners. Intercourse does not make the abnormality worse and you cannot pass on any changes or abnormal cells.

Enjoy sex as usual, but you should use an effective contraception. It is important not to get pregnant until an abnormality is dealt with, as the hormones produced during pregnancy make treatment more difficult. If you have treatment, it will have little or no effect on your future fertility, nor on your risk of having a miscarriage.
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