Colposcopy Perth

Why do I need a colposcopy?
You had a cervical screening test and now you have been asked to do a colposcopy. It’s a procedure to examine your cervix for early changes that could lead to more serious issues.
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In a nutshell
  • A colposcopy is a microscopic examination of your cervix, to look for early changes that can lead to cervical cancer.
  • Most abnormalities are diagnosed and treated well before they become cervical cancer.
  • If higher grade abnormalities are detected, the recommended treatment is usually excision of the abnormality (LLETZ).

Colposcopy explained

What is a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a microscopic examination of your cervix looking for early changes that can lead to cervical cancer. In other words, we are looking for cells that might become a cancer if left untreated. 

Colposcopy procedure explained

The procedure is very similar to a cervical screening test or a pap smear test. 

Our gynaecologists here at Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group will place a speculum in your vagina to hold the walls of your vagina in an open position. Then we use a special microscope, called a colposcope, to examine your cervix. We will apply some acetic acid (not painful) and lugol’s iodine to help visualise the cervix. 

Dr Mike Kamara | Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group
Dr Mike Kamara

Gynaecologist Perth

If we see a suspicious area, we will take a small sample of tissue (a biopsy) to test in the lab. 

The procedure will take about 5 to 10 minutes.

Should I be worried?

No, you should not be worried in case you need a colposcopy. The most common indication for this procedure is an abnormal cervical screening test that would have been performed by your GP. Most abnormalities are diagnosed and treated well before they can turn into cervical cancer. 

Generally, your results will be available within 2 weeks.

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Colposcopy Perth FAQs

Do’s and don’ts

We understand that having a colposcopy is not something to look forward to. But you can be assured that our women’s health specialists here at Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group are very experienced and understand how you feel. 

Even though most abnormalities are diagnosed -thanks to colposcopy- before they become cancerous, you may feel stressed about it, and that is perfectly normal. Below we will answer most of your common questions and we hope that the answers can give you some peace of mind before you come and see us for your procedure.

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Further treatment after a colposcopy

If we detect abnormal cells after colposcopy, you will be advised to have them removed. The most common way to remove high-grade changes to the cervix is using a procedure called LLETZ (large loop excision of the transformation zone). 

We will give you a local anaesthetic -or a general one if you prefer that- to numb your cervix. Then we will insert a heated loop of wire to remove the tissue which is usually about the size of a fingernail.

Dr Barton Smith JOGG obstetrician gynaecologist Joondalup
Dr Barton Smith

Gynaecologist Perth

After LLETZ you may bleed for up to 4 weeks. We recommend not having penetrative sex for a month, as well as not using tampons or menstrual cups. 

12 excellent reasons to choose Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group


Care for the whole family, organising work certificates for partners.


Providing safe care and birth options (experience as a rural GP obstetrician).


A limited number of private patients to allow us the ability to provide patients with the service they deserve. 


Make the time for patients, understand what they want/expect from their journey, available 24/7 (when on leave you will be covered during those times). 

After hours and weekend appointments to assist the whole family
Remote foetal monitoring

Blood pressure management. 


Foetal growth assessment.


Maintaining a close relationship with your GP.


In-house access to allied health services such as physiotherapy and lactation consultants.


Free online antenatal classes.


We are Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group, in short JOGG. We are a Joondalup-based private obstetrics and gynaecology practice, and cater for mums, women and families across the Perth metro area. 

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