Smear tests to screen for cervical cancer have hit an all-time low, with less and less women booking up to have theirs done. We get it, it’s not exactly a pleasant procedure and there are most definitely things we would all rather be doing. But even though it’s not at the top of things we’d love to do, it is vitally important!
Our very brave Anna Crib from Hey Mummy agreed to broadcast her smear test LIVE on Facebook to show women that there is nothing to fear. If you are aged 25 – 64 then get yourself booked up ASAP.
A smear test (or cervical screening test) is a preventative test used to detect abnormal cells on the cervix – the entrance to the womb from the vagina. If abnormal cells are found, doctors can remove them to prevent cervical cancer. Very important stuff! Women in the UK aged 25-49 are invited for a smear every 3 years, and women aged 50-64 are invited every 5 years.
It will be carried out at your GP, well women clinic or sexual health clinic. You’ll be asked to take off your knickers and the nurse or doctor will insert a speculum (the thing that opens up your vaginal walls). A small gentle brush collects cells from the wall of the cervix, and you’ll receive the results within about 2 weeks. We want to stress that although it can be a little uncomfotable, for most women it isn’t painful at all.
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