The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). A special magnifying device with a light, called a colposcope, can be used to visually examine the cervix and vagina.
Female Reproductive Organs
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Colposcopy is usually done when a:
- Pap test is abnormal
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) test is positive for certain subtypes (These subtypes place you at an increased risk for developing cancer.)
This procedure can be used to:
Last reviewedDecember 2013by Andrea Chisholm, MD
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