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Colposcopyafter abnormal cervical screening (pap smear test)
A colposcopy procedure can be advised if your gynaecologist has detected any problems in your cervix: inflammation, infection, precancerous or cancerous changes in the cells.

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Abnormal cervical screening test (pap smear test)

In December 2017, Australia moved to a national program of cervical screening, now called the Cervical Screening Test. All women are recommended to have the test every 5 years, commencing at age 25. This test looks for the presence of Human Papilloma Virus in the sample, and if present, this is followed by a secondary test looking at the features of the cervical cells under a microscope (cytology). This replaces the previous test which was called the Pap Smear.

Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by the HPV virus. Hence, cervical screening for HPV will detect at risk women many years before they develop any cancerous changes.

These are some of the reported results your gynaecologist may want to discuss with you:

HPV results:

  • HPV 16/18 detected
  • Oncogenic HPV (not 16/18) detected
  • Oncogenic HPV not detected

Further evaluation of the same sample looking for cellular abnormality is undertaken if HPV is detected.

The cytology results and conclusions may be:

  • Negative
  • Possible low grade squamous
  • Low grade squamous
  • Possible high grade squamous
  • High grade squamous
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Atypical glandular cells
  • Possible high grade glandular
  • Adenocarcinoma in situ
  • Adenocarcinoma
Colposcopy | Dr Roger Perkins Perth

Dr Roger Perkins | Colposcopy Perth

Why do I need a colposcopy?

Dr Roger Perkins | Perth Gynaecologist

Colposcopy procedure

Dr Roger Perkins | Colposcopy Perth

What happens after the colposcopy?

Following the colposcopy, you are free to go back to work or study that same day. Some people may experience lightheadedness for a few minutes. It is usual to experience a little cramping and spotting for 24 hours. I recommend avoiding using tampons or having intercourse for 5 days following the colposcopy.
Colposcopy | Dr Roger Perkins Perth

Dr Roger Perkins | Gynaecologist Perth

Risks associated with a colposcopy

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