Dr Gavin Kemball

A fertility specialist for life


Although it can be quite worrying to be told you have an abnormal pap smear result, it does not mean you have cervical cancer. Inflammation or vaginal infection is a more common cause.

Colposcopy is a common diagnostic procedure used to follow up on an abnormal pap smear. It is a simple, 15-minute procedure and can be carried out at Dr Kemball’s clinic in the CBD.

He will use a colposcope (an electric microscope positioned outside the vagina) to view your cervix. A bright light on the end of the colposcope lets Dr Kemball magnify the cervix to make a more accurate diagnosis. He may need to take a tissue sample for biopsy, and this could cause some discomfort – but in general the procedure is quite painless.