What is a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a visual gynaecological examination of the cervix and vagina done with a magnifying optical device called colposcope (microscope), which helps detect inflammatory, precancerous or cancerous lesions.

The physician will sometimes perform a guided biopsy. This involves taking minuscule samples of the cervix wall, which will then be placed on a slide for analysis through a microscope. The examination lasts about 15 minutes.

When is a colposcopy needed?

  • When pap smears are revealed to be abnormal.
  • When a visual examination without pap smears reveals suspected cellular abnormalities. Malignant cells can be seen through a microscope.
  • When lesions have already been detected and treated.
  • To determine the origin of some types of bleeding, especially bleeding provoked by sexual intercourse.

After a colposcopy:

A rest period is not necessary after a colposcopy. Normally, you can continue your normal daily activities. If a biopsy has been performed, some bleeding may occur for one or two days. Avoid sexual intercourse in the three days following the examination.

Take note that we no longer offer walk-in consultations.

To make the appointment process easier, make sure you have your Quebec health insurance card or your medical file number at hand when you call us.

Remember that an appointment for a voluntary pregnancy termination or a vasectomy will be given to the actual patient only.

Contact us

  • Address: Clinique Médicale de l'Alternative
    2034, Rue St-Hubert
    Montréal, Québec
  • STI and Gynecology: (514) 281-9848
    Abortion: (514) 281-6476
  • Monday to Thursday: 8:30AM to 5:00PM
    Friday: 8:30AM to 4:00PM
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