When your Pap or HPV test has shown abnormal results your doctor may recommend colposcopy in Gynecological outpatient clinic, Central Hospital of Central Finland (Naistentautien polikinikka, Keski-Suomen keskussairaala).

Colposcopy is a procedure to closely examine your cervix, vagina and vulva for signs of disease. During colposcopy, your doctor uses a special instrument called a colposcope. — an instrument that looks like binoculars with a bright light mounted on a stand. If your doctor finds an unusual area of cells during colposcopy, a sample of tissue can be collected for laboratory testing (biopsy). The colposcopy procedure is nearly pain-free . A colposcopy and biopsy usually take about 10 minutes and there is no need for sick leave. Schedule your colposcopy for when you are not having your period. Heavy bleeding makes it harder for your doctor to see your cervix.

If you have a biopsy, you may feel some soreness in your vagina for a day or two. Some vaginal bleeding or discharge is normal for up to a week after a biopsy, sometimes it can last till your next periods. Do not have vaginal intercourse for two weeks, to allow time for your cervix to heal.

Contact the clinic if you have:

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding (more than a normal menstrual period)
  • A fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bad-smelling vaginal discharge

Biopsy results and also follow-up instructions you will receive at patient data repository webpage or if needed by letter.

You can call if you have any questions or concerns:

Naistentauti- ja äitiysyksikkö  014 2691023 Monday to Friday 8.00-15.00