COLPOSCOPY IS A MINOR PROCEDURE PERFORMED BY A GYNAECOLOGIST TO CHECK THE HEALTH OF YOUR CERVIX, VAGINA AND VULVA.
At FBW Gynaecology Plus, gynaecologists Dr Fariba Behnia-Willison and Dr Tran Nguyen can perform a colposcopy; a procedure for clinical examination of the female lower genital organs.
After an abnormal cervical screening test, previously known as a Pap smear, a colposcopy is recommended to closely examine the cervix, vagina and vulva.
A colposcope is a special instrument that uses lenses to magnify the lower genital tract area, helping to distinguish abnormal from normal tissues.
Colposcopy is also recommended in women with vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse, vulval itching and vulval skin conditions, like lichen schlerosus.
You should aim to schedule your Colposcopy appointment when you are off your period, if possible.
The procedure is quick, taking approximately ten minutes, and is performed in the consulting rooms.
During the Colposcopy, you will lie down on your back on a special examination bed and be in a similar position as you were during your cervical screening test.
A device called a speculum will be inserted into your vagina and opened to allow the cervix to be visible.
The cervix will be examined for any abnormalities using the colposcope. This special instrument is placed close to the entry of the vagina, providing your gynaecologist with a light source and magnification of the cervical region. Specialised solutions called acetic acid and Lugol’s iodine are sequentially applied on the cervix to detect these changes.
If any concerning area is found, a cervical biopsy, which is a small sample of tissue, will be removed. This is usually not too uncomfortable. The sample is then delivered to a laboratory for analysis and diagnosis.
After a cervical biopsy, women are advised to avoid intercourse and tampon use for two to three days to allow for healing.
Colposcopy is considered to be the gold standard for detecting cervical dysplasia and cancer in women with abnormal pap smears.
The procedure is short and well-tolerated. It has saved an untold number of lives in Australia and around the world.
To book a Colposcopy with Dr Tran Nguyen, seek a referral from your GP and contact FBW Gynaecology Plus on 8297 2822 or visit fbwgynplus.com