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If you feel a little worried or anxious about attending your cervical screening, you’re certainly not alone. A survey conducted by the UK charity Jo’s cervical Cancer Trust found that over 2,000 women in the UK either delayed or chose not to attend their cervical screening, making the rates the lowest they had been in 21 years. It’s vital that you attend your screening, but if you are perhaps feeling anxious about the appointment then it’s certainly worth reading up on what will happen during the screening to put you at ease as much as possible.
If you are registered with a GP you will receive a letter inviting you to your appointment on a specific time. You have to contact your GP to book this appointment. If for whatever reason you are unable or choose not to attend the appointment at your GP, you can alternatively enquire with local sexual health services as many sexual health clinics will offer cervical screenings.
If you experience regular periods, try and avoid booking an appointment when you are not menstruating as it makes it slightly more tricky to extract the cervical cells. It is also advisable that you don’t use any kind of lubricant 24 hours before your appointment as this can affect your results.
The test itself will take on average as little as three minutes:
You may experience some light spotting but this is quite normal and nothing to worry about. If you find yourself experiencing a great deal of pain, it is important you let your GP or a healthcare professional know.
In the UK, there are a reported 3,200 cases of cervical cancer every year and despite this being offered to all women aged 25 – 64, many women can still skip their screening. Understandably the idea of being exposed in front of a medical professional can be a little daunting but the whole process takes only a couple of minutes and could potentially save your life.
Are you looking to book a cervical screening? We understand that talking about your sexual health can be stressful, but our highly experienced staff will put you at ease at our confidential and comfortable clinics, making your smear test as comfortable as possible. Duality Health offers affordable, accessible private healthcare. We offer unprecedented access from our clinics in Newry and Dungannon, delivering high-quality General Practice, Out of Hours Care and Private Medical Services to individuals, families and corporate clients. If you find it difficult to access healthcare when you need it or feel that your concerns are not being met, Duality Health can are here for you. Get in touch today.