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    What is a colposcopy?

    A colposcopy is a test of your cervix. The cervix is inside your vagina.

    A colposcopy checks for any changes that may turn into cancer.

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    A colposcopy happens at a hospital.

    You can usually go home when it is finished.

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    Before you go.

    You can not have a colposcopy if you are on your period.

    Tell your doctor if you are on your period.

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    For 1 day before you colposcopy appointment you can not

    • Use a tampon
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    • Have sex
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    • Use creams in your vagina
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    Having your Colposcopy

    You will have to take off your pants and your trousers.

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    You will lie on a special couch. The couch will have supports for your legs.

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    The doctor or nurse might make your vagina numb. They will use a spray or a jag. This will make the colposcopy more comfortable.

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    The doctor or nurse will gently put a speculum inside your vagina.

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    The doctor or nurse might put some liquid into your vagina. This helps them to see any changes. This should not be sore.

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    The doctor or nurse will use a special camera to look inside your vagina.

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    Bring a sanitary towel to wear when your colposcopy is finished.

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    When it is finished you might have a brown or black discharge from your vagina. This is normal.

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    After the Colposcopy.

    Your vagina and tummy can be sore after your colposcopy. This is normal.

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    Phone the doctor if:-

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    • You have a high temperature.
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    • You have lots of bleeding from your vagina.
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    • You have a very sore tummy.
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    • You have chills, feeling very cold and shivery.