An extensive range of gynaecological issues and conditions are managed:
Pap smears, management of abnormal pap smears
Contraception, IUD, Implanon, Mirena, Tubal ligation
Period problems, Heavy periods, Novasure
Fibroids, Polyps, Cysts
Prolapse and Pelvic floor repair
Laparoscopy, vaginal surgery and abdominal surgery
What is a Colposcopy?
If you have had an abnormality detected on a pap smear, you may be referred for a colposcopy.
This is a procedure where the cervix is viewed under magnification with an instrument called a colposcope (like a microscope that allows a close up inspection of the cervix). You are able to see your gynaecologist for an initial consultation and colposcopy on the same day.
For the examination, you will be required to change into a gown and lie on an examination couch, with your legs supported. Your doctor will insert a speculum into the vagina and may take another pap smear.
The cervix is then painted with a solution to highlight any changes on the cervix. The cervix is then inspected with the colposcope. You may require a biopsy, where a small sample of tissue is sent off for testing.
If you have a biopsy, you should wait two days before swimming in pools, tampons or sex to reduce the risk of infection.
If your period is due on the day of the colposcopy, please call to reschedule your appointment to another day.
Family Planning Victoria
Publications section for down-loadable info sheets
Safer sex section for contraception information
STI section for information on infections