You may have someone with you during the examination. There will be a Colposcopist and a Nurse.
The Colposcopist will put a 'speculum' (a tool for investigating orifices of the body) inside your vagina. This is the same as when you had your smear test done.
The Colposcopist will dab some liquids onto your cervix. This will show the abnormal cells on your cervix. The Colposcopist will look at the cells using the colposcope.
The Colposcopist may need to take a sample of cells from your cervix. This is called a punch biopsy. A biopsy can sometimes hurt a bit.
The sample will be sent by the Nurse to the laboratory. The result of the biopsy will let the Colposcopist know if you need treatment.
You might bleed a little after the colposcopy. This is normal. Wear a sanitary towel.
If you have had a biopsy taken you should not have sex for five days, or until any bleeding stops.
You should feel well enough to go home after the colposcopy. The Colposcopist will write to you with the results. This might take six weeks