Cervical screenings can help to detect abnormal changes to the cervix. It is an examination of cellular material from the neck of the womb to discover any pre-cancerous lesions. This test will show us if there are any abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix. Any woman who has been sexually active and is between the ages of 20 to 70 should have regular smear tests.
It is best not to get this test done during your period. If you have had a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), then you will need to check with us to see if you still need to have cervical smear tests.
Although cervical screening is generally extremely effective, like all tests it is not 100% so some women may still develop cervical cancer. Other tests are now available to help when treatment is necessary such as testing for HPV (Human Papillomavirus).
Symptoms of cervical cancer may include:
- Bleeding after sex
- Vaginal bleeding in post-menopausal women
- Bleeding between normal periods