Suite A, 117A Harley St, Marylebone,
London W1G 6AT, UK
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We provide a private colposcopy to examine the cervix, vulva and vagina for women in and around London at our Harley Street Gynaecology Clinic.
Our gynecology department has the DYSIS colposcope for colposcopy that identifies lesions of the lower genital tract. This state-of-the-art device enables:
Colposcopy is an examination that enables the doctor to see the kind and area of abnormality on your cervix. It allows the consultant to decide if you require immediate treatment.
The instrument is known as a colposcope and is actually a large magnifying glass that helps the doctor look more closely at the changes on your cervix.
It will not go inside you. The examination involves minimal pain for most women. Some may find it uncomfortable.
Colposcopy should be done in a safe way during pregnancy and will not affect your baby’s delivery or your ability to get pregnant in the future. However, the treatment is usually postponed till the delivery of your baby.
You should call our doctor when experiencing any of these after a colposcopy:
Bleeding that is heavier than you usually experience during your period.
We recommend that when preparing for colposcopy, you should:
While waiting for your colposcopy exams, you may generally feel uncomfortable due to anxiety, so we urge you to relax.
The result of your colposcopy will determine whether you will need any further testing and treatment.
Your colposcopist usually puts some liquid on the cervix to show areas where there are cell changes.
Mostly, colposcopists use the combination of acetic acid and Schiller’s iodine tests:
Your colposcopist might require a sample of tissue from the cervix. This is also known as a punch biopsy.
A biopsy only requires a small sample of tissue and so, most people do not opt for a local anaesthetic. If you need to take local anaesthetic, ask your colposcopist.
Your colposcopist will explain in detail the biopsy before taking it. Some people will find it uncomfortable, however, it should not be painful. If it hurts you, ask your colposcopist to stop.
Your colposcopist will require somewhere between 1 to 3 biopsies to be sure that they have sufficient tissue from different areas of the cervix. Only then, they will send samples of tissue to the lab where it can get tested.
If you have any further queries about colposcopy or want to schedule an appointment, then you may call us or visit our clinic. Your health is extremely important for us.
If the treatment had been given after colposcopy, then you may have a bloodstained discharge for at least two to four weeks.
During this phase of time and when you have periods, you should use sanitary towels rather than tampons. It is advised to avoid heavy exercise and not have regular sex so that the cervix can heal quickly.
The treatment for CIN will either have little or no effect on neither the fertility in future nor your risk of having a miscarriage.
A colposcopy appointment usually requires somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes.
Everyone has a different experience, but it is important to know these tips before you go to colposcopy. This may help you to feel more comfortable:
Colposcopy can be used to diagnose:
You may be experiencing some changes in your genitals that are confusing. To be on the safe side, you’ll need to reach out to us through a call or via mail in order to schedule a session with our experts and undergo colposcopy. This is done in order to be sure of what is wrong with you and treat it immediately if necessary.
Colposcopy is a safe procedure that poses little to no risk. With our experienced gynaecology specialists, you are going to be in guaranteed safe hands. Rarely, complications from biopsies taken during colposcopy can occur; it includes:
You may ask your friend or relative to go with you at the colposcopy clinic. Whoever may accompany you, they will be allowed to stay with you during the examination in some clinics.
Some doctors might not prefer doing a colposcopy examination when you are having period. If this is your case at the clinic, feel free to fix an appointment with us.
The actual examination will require around 15 minutes, however, ensure that you free up plenty of time for a complete examination as it could take around 60 minutes.
Some women may have a slight discharge after the examination.
After dressing yourself, the doctor will let you know if anything is out of the normal and the type of treatment that you need to undergo if necessary. If you have had a biopsy, then you will not be given a proper diagnosis after the examination. It will take somewhere around one to two weeks before getting the results of the biopsy. After the examination, you should feel well so that you can continue with your daily routine.
If you have had a biopsy, then you may have a light bloodstained discharge for a few days after the procedure. It is advised to avoid having sex for at least five days after the procedure to give the biopsy area plenty of time to recover completely.