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A colposcopy is a procedure used to examine your cervix, which is the entrance to your womb (uterus) at the top of your vagina, using an instrument similar to a microscope, called a colposcope. It's done if your doctor sees something abnormal when performing a smear test, or if your smear test has an abnormal result.

A colposcopy is done as an outpatient procedure at the Colposcopy Department at Christchurch Women's Hospital. You can go home afterwards.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed September 2021.

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