A colposcopy is an examination where a special magnifying instrument – a colposcope – is used to magnify your cervix for a closer look.
This test takes about five to ten minutes. It does not require a hospital stay, freezing or pain medication.
There may be an area on your cervix that the specialist wants to check more closely. If so, they will take a small sample of tissue from your cervix – a cervical biopsy.
Most patients only feel a slight pinch when the sample is taken.