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Colposcopy clinic

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Following your examination today you have had (please circle):

  • Cervical swabs taken
  • A cervical cytology (smear) test
  • A cervical polyp removed
  • An endometrial biopsy (small sample of tissue from the lining of the womb)

You may get a discoloured vaginal discharge if monsel’s paste was used to stop the bleeding from the cervical polyp site.

If siver nitrate was used, you may get a watery discharge for a few days. This may stain your underwear. It would be advisable to use pads or pantyliners.

After having a cervical polyp removed or an endometrial sample taken you may have spotting or light bleeding for a few days. You should not have sexual intercourse until 48 hours after spotting has finished. If you have heavier bleeding you should telephone the emergency numbers.

You should receive the results of any investigations in approximately four weeks time. If you have not heard from us after four weeks please contact the colposcopy office.

Emergency contact numbers

Clinic 24
01223 217636
Monday to Friday 08:00 to 20:00
Weekends 08:30 to 14:00.
Closed on bank holidays


Daphne ward
01223 349755
At all other times

Contact information

Colposcopy office
Tel: 01223 216603
Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:00
or please leave a message on the answerphone

We are smoke-free

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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Contact us

Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151