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Currently, the NHS offers cervical screening smears for all women aged 25 to 64, every three to five years. Some women may consider this is too long a period of time between smears.
GP Matters offers the option of attending for private cervical smears either annually or as required.
A smear test (also known as a cervical screening test), is used to detect certain subtypes of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that can cause changes to the cervical cells, as well as check whether there are any abnormal cervical cells (dyskaryosis) which need treating before they become cancerous.
Cervical screening saves lives. However huge numbers of young women in the UK are still frequently missing their smear test. It’s estimated that if all eligible women attended their screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented.*
By attending regular smear tests, abnormality can be detected early and treated before they become cancerous, preventing cervical cancer from developing.
All women over the age of 25 will be invited for a smear test every 3 years up to the age of 49, and women aged 50 to 64 every 5 years.
Even if you haven’t had penetrative sex, you could still be at risk of developing the HPV virus as foreplay can also pass this on, so it’s vital to book an appointment.
To book a free NHS smear test, call your GP. Alternatively, you can book a private smear test at GP Matters.
It’s best to book your smear test for mid-cycle – around a week after your period has ended. The test can be carried out at any point of the month, apart from during your period.
We recommend that you avoid using lubricants, pessaries and ointments for a few days before the test.
A smear tests takes about five minutes. A speculum is inserted in your vagina to gently hold it open. A nurse or doctor will use a small brush to take a sample of some cells on your cervix. The sample will be sent to a laboratory for examination under a microscope.
Smears performed at GP Matters are tested for both the presence of high risk HPV subtypes and abnormal cells using liquid based cytology in all women over 25 (Dual Testing).
A smear test shouldn't be painful, although you should speak to the nurse or doctor if you do experience any pain.
You might experience some slight discomfort and so you should remember to take nice deep breaths and keep your legs wide - this will help to relax your pelvic floor.
Yes, it is best to still go for your screening appointments.
In the UK, girls and boys are now vaccinated against high-risk types of HPV at the age of 13. This will dramatically reduce the incidence of abnormal cells and cervical cancer (and other cancers) in the future.
You can carry on as normal straight away after your screening test. You might bleed a bit afterwards but if you have heavy bleeding or pain, see your GP.
Your results will be available within 3-4 day.
With Dual Testing, there are several different results that can arise.
- routine recall at 3 or 5 years depending on your age for - normal results
- repeat in 3 months for an inadequate sample
- repeat in 12 months if HPV positive with normal cells
- or referral to Colposcopy if HPV positive with abnormal cells present.
Or Doctor will give you the appropriate recommendation for you depending on the result.