FAQ Category: Smear Tests

How long does a smear test take?

A cervical screening usually lasts no longer than 5 minutes. Upon arrival at the practice, the doctor will ask you a few questions regarding previous tests and your medical history in order to have a better understanding of your health...

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What do the results mean?

For the majority of women, the results of a smear test will show that everything is normal and healthy. In some cases however, there may be some abnormal changes in the cervix which need to be monitored.  You may be...

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Can older patients start having smear tests?

If you’re over the age of 25 but you’ve never had a smear test, our doctors will be happy to carry out cervical screening for you. If you’ve felt too nervous to attend before or were simply unaware that the...

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What happens after a smear test?

Once a sample of cells has been taken, they are analysed and the results are returned to your doctor. Your doctor will then contact you to confirm whether or not any further monitoring or treatment is required. If not, you...

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Does a smear test hurt?

Many women worry that a smear test will be painful or uncomfortable but your doctor will take this into account and ensure any discomfort is kept to a minimum. In most cases, patients don’t experience any pain or discomfort when...

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Why is a smear test important?

A smear test (either every 3 or 5 years) is essential for monitoring the health of the cervix. The test identifies any abnormalities within the cervix and can play a key role in the prevention of cancer. Early detection of...

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