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This calculator has been designed to give you an idea of the treatment options available to you*. If you decide to have an abortion with Marie Stopes UK, one of our nurses will give a more approximate gestation date during your appointment by way of a scan.
*Please note that this online calculator will only give you an estimated gestation based on the details you have provided.

Please select the first day of your last menstrual period.



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Smear Test at Marie Stopes UK

Marie Stopes UK offers a private cervical screening service for women of all ages - including those under 25 - with a minimum waiting time for appointments.

What is a cervical smear test or cervical screening?

A cervical screening test (also commonly referred to as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. The test looks for changes in the cells of your cervix. This is not a test for cancer but can detect abnormal cells that could lead to serious problems like cervical cancer. Around 3,000 women are diagnosed with cancer of the cervix every year according to the NHS. Symptoms may not be experienced beforehand, until the condition is at an advanced stage. 

Abnormal cells are not usually cancerous, especially if you have regular screenings. If abnormal cells are noticed during screening, they can be closely observed and/or treated to prevent cancer from developing. Regular screening has been proved to reduce the risk of advanced cancer by 90% on average for women aged 35-64.

Although most cases of cervical cancer happen in women between the ages of 30 and 45, some women can develop it earlier. Marie Stopes UK is committed to helping women under 25 access cervical screening treatment which are not available on the NHS.

Smear test for women under 25 at Marie Stopes UK

At Marie Stopes UK, we offer private cervical screening from the age of 16. We have both female and male practitioners. If you don’t feel comfortable seeing a male practitioner then please let an advisor know when booking your appointment.

How often should I have a smear test?

The cervical screening programme ran by the NHS in England starts at the age of 25. Women are invited for a cervical screening every 3 years until the age of 49, and then every 5 years until the age of 64. At Marie Stopes UK you can ask for a screening any time from the age of 16. It’s also offered as part of our Well Woman Comprehensive health check.

How long does a smear test take?

The test only takes a couple of minutes. The practitioner (either a Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) Nurse Specialist or a doctor) will ask you to lie on a couch. They will gently insert an instrument called a speculum into your vagina in order to view your cervix. A small brush is used to take a sample. This picks up cells from inside the opening of the cervix. 

You can choose whether you would like to see our CaSH Nurse Specialist or a doctor when you book your appointment. If you have any health concerns further to your smear which you would like to talk about, you may want your appointment to be with a doctor to ask your questions.  

Do smear tests hurt?

Some women find it momentarily uncomfortable, but it is a very quick procedure. The apprehension, along with embarrassment, puts some women off having a smear test. Try not to worry.  Many women will tell you that they found it fine and that it’s worth a little discomfort for peace of mind. It is best to relax as much as possible by breathing slowly and deeply to ease any tension. 

Will I have to undress for the screening?

You will be asked to undress from the waist down. If you are wearing a full skirt or a dress with a full skirt you can lift the skirt up rather than take it off. We will provide something for you to cover yourself with while we perform the test if you like. 

Can I have sex before the smear test?

Some chemicals found in spermicide, lubricant, or barrier methods of contraception such as condoms, cervical caps and diaphragms could affect the test. Please refrain from having sex using these methods of birth control for 24 hours before the test. Sex with any other contraceptive method before the test will be fine.

Testing the sample 

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.

The laboratory will examine your sample for any cells which appear to be irregular.  We use a liquid cytology method for sample analysis, this allows for a clear view of the cells by filtering out any mucous. The sample will be examined under a microscope. 

When is the best time of the month to book a smear test?

You can’t be screened while you are on your period, so the best time to make your appointment is roughly 2 weeks after the first day of your period (between days 10 and 16 of your monthly cycle).

Receiving your results

Want more information about cervical screening?

Our specialist staff are on hand 24/7 to offer expert advice and support - from your initial consultation to treatment aftercare. 

Call us now on 0345 300 0652 (24 hrs) or email services@mariestopes.org.uk


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