A Detailed Examination of the Cervix (The Neck of the Womb)
A colposcopy is a procedure to examine the cervix with a microscope and identify any abnormal cells.
If you've had an abnormal smear test, your consultant will probably recommend a colposcopy. This involves using a bright light and a microscope to look at your cervix and closely examine any unusual or potentially pre-cancerous cells. Your consultant may also take a biopsy to confirm any diagnosis.
During the procedure, you'll lie back in a chair with padded supports for your legs. Just like during a smear test, a device called a speculum will be inserted into your vagina and opened gently. This allows your consultant to examine the cells of your cervix using a special microscope called a colposcope. A biopsy (a small sample of tissue) may be taken to diagnose any potential problems. The entire procedure usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes.
The procedure itself won't take much longer than a normal smear test, and you'll be able to go home right after your appointment. If you've had a biopsy or excision, you may have a small amount of bleeding or discharge. You may want to wear a pantyliner for a day or two after your appointment. Your consultant will follow up with any results. If a biopsy confirms that you need treatment, you'll be invited back for a large loop excision (LLETZ) to remove the abnormal cells. Your consultant will let you know what to expect.
We provide colposcopy services in Bromley, Beckenham, Wandsworth, Clapham, and the surrounding community. While we are based in Dulwich, we are easily commutable to from our surrounding areas, meaning patients from across South East London can benefit from the localised, high quality colposcopy services which we provide for our patients.
Dr Yuliya Ashton MRCOG, MSc, PhD, Specialty Doctor in Colposcopy
Dr Yuliya Ashton is an accredited colposcopist and has particular interest in colposcopy and cervical pathology. She completed her training in diagnostic and therapeutic colposcopy at well-recognised colposcopy centre at the Whittington Health NHS Trust.
She is an active member of BSCCP (British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology), fully accredited colposcopist and trainer.
Dr Asli Ucyigit MBBS, BSc (Hons), MRCS, MRCOG
Dr Aslı Üçyiğit is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, having qualified as a doctor from Imperial College London in 2008. Asli specialises in the diagnosis and management of early pregnancy conditions and all areas of outpatient gynaecology, with a specific interest in pelvic pain (endometriosis and adenomyosis), ovarian cyst management, menstrual disorders, pelvic inflammatory disease, and minor gynaecological procedures. Dr Üçyiğit’s expertise is supported by a two-year research fellowship undertaken at King’s College Hospital where she focussed on early pregnancy and gynaecology ultrasound. Miss Üçyiğit has authored several academic research articles and book chapters in these fields and has been invited to present her work on the postpartum ultrasound scan at international level.
Miss Üçyiğit is also a BSSCP/RCOG (British Society of Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology/Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology) accredited colposcopist and colposcopy trainer, performing outpatient diagnostic and treatment procedures. Dr Üçyiğit has consistently been described as not only ‘an excellent doctor’ throughout her career, but also as an ‘incredibly kind, caring, and highly skilled individual’ by both patients and colleagues alike.