Colposcopy is an examination of the cervix using a special microscope called a colposcope. The microscope allows the doctor to see the cervix and other areas in detail. The doctor can find abnormal areas and take samples if needed. A gynecologist specially trained in colposcopy will do the test
Location, hours and contact information
DIckson Building @ The QEII Health Sciences Centre
5820 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am to 4:00pm
How do I get an appointment?
You need a referral from your family doctor to access this clinic.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
If you are menstruating, some clinics prefer that you keep your appointment if your flow is not too heavy and you are comfortable coming for your test. Other clinics prefer you rebook your appointment. Please call the clinic or gynecologist’s office to check or rebook if needed.
If you are pregnant, keep your appointment. Observation may be all that is needed. If the doctor feels a biopsy is needed, this will be discussed with you.
What will happen at my appointment?
After you arrive, you will meet with a nurse or doctor to discuss the reason for your visit. Feel free to ask questions. You may bring a friend or family member with you. The entire visit may take about 45 minutes.
It is very similar to the Pap test you had in your health care provider’s office. The doctor inserts a speculum into the vagina to view the cervix. A Pap test may be taken. A vinegar solution is then applied to the cervix, vagina and sometimes the vulva. You may feel a tingling sensation. The vinegar turns any abnormal areas white. The doctor then looks at the cervix through the colposcope. The colposcope does not enter your body. This portion of the visit usually takes 10 minutes. Tip: Empty your bladder just before the test – you’ll feel less pressure.
If any white or abnormal areas are seen, a biopsy or small tissue sample will be taken. You may feel a pinch when the biopsy is taken or you may not feel any discomfort. A small amount of yellow or grey‐brown paste is applied to the biopsy site to help stop any bleeding. Another type of biopsy is an ECC or endocervical curettage.
What happens after my visit?
You may have mild abdominal cramping. The clinic may offer you pain pills or you may use Ibuprofen or Tylenol®. You may have a small amount of bleeding or dark coloured discharge from the clotting paste. This may last a few days. The nurse will give you a sanitary pad. You can bathe, shower and resume your usual activities. You should avoid intercourse as instructed. If you have any problems, call the clinic or gynecologist’s office.