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Metro Auckland Cervical Screening Coordination Service

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A colposcopy is a detailed examination of the cervix (entrance to the uterus) with a specially lit microscope (colposcope). As with a smear test, an instrument called a speculum is inserted into the vagina, and then the colposcope is positioned outside the vagina with its light directed on the cervix.
A specialist will perform a colposcopy if your smear test has shown abnormal or cancerous cells on the cervix. During the colposcopy further samples of tissue (biopsies) are usually taken and examined in the laboratory so the doctor can get a clearer idea of the extent of the abnormal cells.

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