Is colposcopy for recurrent post-coital bleeding always necessary?

The procedure can be avoided with negative results for both HPV DNA and cytology, a study suggests

Patients with recurrent post-coital bleeding who are negative on HPV DNA  and cytology co-testing might only need colposcopy if there is a clinical suspicion of cervical cancer, Melbourne clinicians say.

female gynaecologist perfroming colposcopy

They analysed data on more than 2000 women who attended the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, for colposcopy between 2000 and 2019 to investigate recurrent bleeding after sexual intercourse.

The data was analysed in two cohorts. The larger cohort of 1846 women had