Cervical screening isn’t a test for cancer. It looks for early changes in cells of the cervix, which may develop into cancer in the future.
Before you have your cervical screening test, you may find it helpful to consider the following factors:
- The best time to have the test is before or after your period, when you are not bleeding.
- If you’re pregnant when you are invited for your routine cervical screening test, tell your GP. Your GP will usually recommend that you wait to have your test three months after you have given birth. Occasionally, you may be asked to have a screening test while you’re pregnant.
Many women feel nervous and embarrassed about going for a cervical screening test. These are natural emotions and they shouldn’t stop you having it done. If you feel unsure about having the test, it may be helpful to discuss your concerns and worries with the practice nurse or your GP. They can talk to you about the screening and reassure you so you feel able to have the test.