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We know from our research that not everyone finds smear tests easy, for many reasons, such as embarrassment or fear. So we have collated these tips from Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust that could help make your smear test easier.
Bring someone you trust
They can be with you in the waiting room or during your appointment
Ask for a smaller speculum
A smaller size may be more comfortable for you
Wear a skirt or dress
If you want to wear one, you can keep it on during your smear test
Talk to your nurse
If you need any support or have questions, your nurse can help
Cervical screening is a free health test that helps prevent cervical cancer. It checks for cell changes (abnormal cells) on your cervix caused by high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV). It is not a test for cancer.
You might hear cervical screening being called a smear test. This is just a different name for the same test.
In the UK, you are automatically invited for cervical screening if you are:
You are invited:
You may get your first invite up to 6 months before you turn 25. You can book an appointment as soon as you get the invite.
It is very rare to develop cervical cancer:
If you are worried about any symptoms, you should get them checked by your doctor or nurse, whatever your age.
If you receive your invite letter from the NHS you can book your smear with us by:
If you wish to book an appointment without receiving a smear invite letter you may be asked to see or speak to a doctor first.
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