Colposcopy is a medical procedure that involves the examination of the cervix using a microscope called colposcope. This will examine an illuminated, magnified view of the cervix and the tissues of the vulva and vagina.
The colposcope provides an enlarged view of these areas which will allow us to visually distinguish the abnormal from the normal appearing tissue. It also enables us to take directed biopsies for further pathological examination.
The main goal of this is to prevent cervical cancer by catching lesions early and treating them immediately. A colposcopy will be needed if you have abnormal cervical smear test results. Although abnormal cell changes can often return to normal on their own, some abnormal cells can develop into cervical cancer if not treated.