Colposcopy is a medical diagnostic procedure to examine an illuminated, magnified view of the cervix as well as the vagina and vulva. Many pre-malignant lesions and malignant lesions in these areas have discernible characteristics that can be detected through the examination. Colposcopy is a way to get a close-up look at your cervix. It’s a quick and easy way to find cell changes in your cervix that may turn into cancer.

Dr Samina uses a colposcope, which looks like a pair of binoculars with a bright light. It allows her to get a greatly magnified view of the surface of the vagina and cervix. If an area needs further investigation, Dr Samina can remove a tiny piece of tissue and send it away for a biopsy.

You might need a colposcopy if you have:

  • abnormal results from a cervical screening test (which has replaced the traditional pap smear, which most women should routinely have)
  • unusual or unexplained bleeding, such as after intercourse
  • an abnormal lump or growth on your cervix or vagina

The procedure can help diagnose conditions such as:

  • cervical cancer or precancer
  • benign growths such as polyps
  • inflammation of the cervix
  • genital warts.

Dr Samina has a colposcope in her rooms at St Vincent’s Private (Werribee) and at her rooms in St Albans, so the procedure can be performed on the day of your appointment. To know more contact one of our friendly receptionists at her rooms, who can guide you further or email