What Happens When I Go For A Smear Test?

SmearTest Process

Step One

You can ask for a female nurse or doctor to carry out the test. You will be asked to remove your pants, lie on a couch and bend your knees.

Smear Test Step 1

Step Two

The nurse or doctor will gently insert a speculum into your vagina, to hold it open, to allow them to see your cervix before taking the smear.

If you prefer you can ask to insert the speculum yourself.

Smear Test Step 2

Step Three

A small brush is then used, through the speculum, to gently touch your cervix and take a sample of cells. They will be sent to a lab for testing.

The test takes about 5 minutes and may be a little uncomfortable but not painful, you should be able to carry on as normal afterwards.

Smear Test Step 3

Step Four

What happens next? You will get your results in the post within 4 weeks. If your test is OK you will be asked to have another smear test in 3 years. Sometimes the test may need to be repeated because not enough cells have been collected and sometimes changes are detected.

Smear Test Step 4

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