Do you do cervical smears?
Although most cases of cervical cancer happen in women between the ages of 30 and 45, some women can develop it earlier. The NHS offers cervical screening from the age of 25. At Marie Stopes UK, we offer cervical screening from the age of 18 or 2 years after you've had sex for the first time. We also offer HPV screening and if these are found, we can discuss further management with you individually.
What is cervical screening?
A cervical screening test (or smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. This can prevent cervical cancer as these abnormal cells can be treated early.
What does a cervical screening test involve?
The test usually takes just 5-10 minutes and involves a speculum (an instrument) being inserted gently into the vagina to hold the vaginal walls open. The doctor/nurse can then use a small brush to take some cells from the surface of the cervix.
The sample is then sent to the laboratory to see whether any cells are abnormal. The results can take up to two weeks, and we can call you email or write with your results according to your preference. We can then advise on follow-up and refer to colposcopy if necessary.