What is a colposcopy? 

A colposcopy is a procedure that allows your gynaecologist to examine your cervix. A special magnifying instrument called a colposcope is used during a colposcopy.

Why do you need a colposcopy?

A colposcopy can be used to diagnose conditions such as cervical cancer, genital warts, vulvar cancer and vaginal cancer. If you are experiencing the following problems, your gynaecologist might recommend a colposcopy:

  • Abnormal Pap results
  • Screening test is positive for human papillomavirus or HPV.
  • Unexplained bleeding

What can you expect when undergoing a colposcopy?

Preparing for a Colposcopy

You should refrain from using a tampon or having sexual intercourse a few days prior to  your colposcopy. If you are having your period and your flow will be heavy during your scheduled colposcopy, you might want to consider rescheduling your appointment. You might have to stop taking blood thinning medication a few days prior to your colposcopy.

During a Colposcopy

You will be lying on an examination table and a smooth, tube-shaped tool called a speculum will be gently placed into your vagina to keep it open. Your doctor will dab a cotton swab in a vinegar-like solution and use it to wipe your cervix and vagina – this solution helps your doctor see cells that do not look normal. A microscope with a light attached is then used to examine your cervix – this microscope does not enter your vagina. 

If a cervical biopsy is deemed necessary by your doctor, a small tissue sample may be removed from your cervix during the colposcopy and be sent for testing.

After a Colposcopy

You can return to work or school immediately after the colposcopy and cervical biopsy. It is recommended to not insert anything into your vagina (tampons etc) and to avoid sexual intercourse for at least 48 hours after both procedures.

Why choose Novena Surgery for a colposcopy?

Doctors who choose to perform a colposcopy at Novena Surgery will perform the procedure in one of four modular operating theaters with cable-less pendant systems, allowing doctors to operate free of stray wiring obstruction.

Post-procedure, patients can choose to recover in one of Novena Surgery’s comfortable private suites, or in our 12-bed recovery unit under the care of well-trained nursing staff.

Waiting times are also shortened as patients need only turn up half-an-hour before their surgery, and be checked into the ward within 10 minutes of arrival. 

Patients’ companions have the option of patronising Velocity, Square and Square 2 shopping malls that are seamlessly integrated with Novena Medical Centre, the building housing Novena Surgery.

I want to undergo a colposcopy in Novena Surgery but I do not have a specialist doctor in mind yet.

This list consists of specialists who commonly perform colposcopies at Novena Surgery – contact us at +65-6254 9331 or admin@novenasurgery.com.sg and we will help you book a consultation appointment with a specialist doctor from the list.

Name of Specialist ClinicName of Specialist DoctorSpecialist Clinic AddressSpecialist Clinic Opening Hours
The Obgyn CentreDr Kenneth Wong290 Orchard Road #11-07, Paragon Medical Suites, Singapore 238859Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sun & Public Holiday: Closed
Healthcare for WomenDr Chen Chern Yi8 Sinaran Drive, Novena Specialist Center, #06-02, Singapore 307470Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sun & Public Holiday: Closed
CK Khoo Clinic for Women & LaparascopyDr Khoo Chong KiatMount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, 38 Irrawaddy Road, #04-31/32,
Singapore 329563
Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sun & Public Holiday: Closed
Dr Ting Women’s Specialist ClinicDr Ting Hua Sieng319 Joo Chiat Place, #02-06 Parkway East Medical Centre, Singapore 427989Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am to 12:30pm
Sun & Public Holiday: Closed