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Colposcopy is an examination to take a closer look at your cervix. It is usually done if cervical screening (a smear test) finds cell changes (abnormal cells). You usually have colposcopy at a hospital.
It is common to feel anxious or worried about being invited for a colposcopy, but the most important thing to remember is that it does not mean you have cervical cancer. In fact, most people who go for colposcopy do not have cervical cancer.
In this section, we hope to give you all the information you need about colposcopy, so you feel prepared for your appointment and what may happen after.
Learn why you may have been invited to colposcopy, how to prepare for your appointment, and who you might meet.
Read about what happens at the colposcopy appointment, including different tests you may have.
Find out what your colposcopist may recommend you should or shouldn’t do after colposcopy, as well as learning more about possible side effects.
Learn about the different results you can get after a colposcopy and what the next steps are.
Questions about colposcopy? We have the answers.
Call our free helpline now on 0808 802 8000.
Have a chat with our trained helpliners to get your questions answered. Get information on HPV, cervical screening, the HPV vaccine, cell changes (abnormal cells) or cervical cancer. No question is too big or too small.