Information for Patients following Colposcopy with Biopsy

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY-237/2018
  • Departments: Gynaecology
  • Last Updated: 31 May 2018


This leaflet has been produced to give you general information about your procedure.  Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet.  It is not meant to replace the discussion between you and your doctor, but may act as a starting point for discussion.   If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team.

Why have I had a biopsy during colposcopy?

During colposcopy, an area of change in the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb) was noticed.  A small piece of skin was taken from the neck of the womb called a biopsy, with your consent.

What happens to the tissue removed?

The tissue is sent to the laboratory for analysis and you will be sent the results by letter in 3 – 4 weeks’ time.

What can I expect after the biopsy?

When you have had the biopsy we will ask you to stay in the department for about 15 minutes to ensure you feel well enough to go home.  We will ask you to check your vaginal loss before you leave.

If the doctor has inserted a tampon to reduce bleeding, you need to it after four hours

We recommend that you avoid heavy lifting for the next 48 hours to prevent bleeding and you may have a small amount of bleeding for the next 2 – 3 weeks.

  • Do not use tampons until after your next period
  • Do not have sexual intercourse until after your next period

If heavy red bleeding occurs or you have concerns, please contact the clinic for further advice.

Will I be followed-up after the biopsy?

When you receive your results of the biopsy, the letter will advise you if you need a further appointment for treatment or a repeat smear test at the hospital. You may be able to have further smear tests at your doctor’s surgery.

What the risks?

The main risks associated with this procedure are:

  • Infection – if  you develop a smelly discharge or temperature
  • Heavy bleeding – e.g. heavier than your normal period

If you experience heavy, red bleeding, signs of infection or have any concerns within the first 10 days, please contact the clinic for further advice (see contact numbers below).  After 10 days, please contact your doctor for advice.

Contact numbers and useful websites

Gynaecology Outpatients

Women and Children’s Hospital (01482) 607893

Women’s Health Outpatients

Castle Hill Hospital (01482) 624045

Ward 30

Women and Children’s Hospital (01482) 382739/604387

Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.

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