Colposcopy Clinic

What is a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a procedure used to look at the cervix, the lower part of the womb at the top of the vagina. Unlike a Pap test, which scrapes tissue from the entire cervix, colposcopy allows the examiner to take tissue samples (biopsies) from specific areas that look abnormal. It’s often done following a Pap test that found abnormal cells in the cervix.

These cells often go away on their own, but sometimes there is a risk they could eventually turn into cervical cancer if not treated. A colposcopy can confirm whether cells in the cervix are abnormal and determine whether you need treatment to remove them.

How is this service performed?

Our Colposcopy Clinics’ team members include gynaecologists, nurses and administrative staff working together to offer you the best care possible.

A colposcopy usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes and you can go home the same day; it is usually no more uncomfortable than having a Pap test. No anesthesia or pain medicine is needed.

Treatment to remove abnormal cells is recommended if there is a moderate or high chance of the cells becoming cancerous if left untreated.

How do I access this service?

Your family physician or primary health care provider may refer you to a Horizon Colposcopy Clinic for testing and treatment.

How do I prepare for this service?

No preparation is required. You may wish to make a list of what you want to discuss with the gynaecologist. Many patients find it helpful to write a list of their concerns since writing these concerns ensures they don’t forget anything.

Horizon locations offering this service:

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Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (Fredericton) 700 Priestman St. , PO Box 9000, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 3B7 506-452-5400

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Miramichi Regional Hospital 500 Water St., Miramichi, New Brunswick, E1V 3G5 506-623-3000

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The Moncton Hospital 135 MacBeath Ave., Moncton, New Brunswick, E1C 6Z8 506-857-5111

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Saint John Regional Hospital 400 University Ave., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 4L2 506-648-6000