The common misconception...
Many women assume that they only need a cervical check (also known as a smear test) if they are sexually active with men – this isn’t true! You should consider having a cervical test if you have ever been sexually active and have a cervix! This is regardless of who you sleep with. If a medical practitioner disagrees, you can report this anonymously to CervicalCheck.
What is a cervical check?
A cervical check is a test that can help identify cancerous or pre-cancerous cells in the cervix.
- The test is a very quick procedure.
- A tester will use a speculum to hold the vaginal passage open.
- A swab will be taken of cervical cells.
- Results are normally available about 4 weeks after the test.
What is cervical cancer?
- Most (but not all) cases of Cervical Cancer are associated with HPV – a very common and easily transmitted virus.
- HPV can cause changes to the cells over the cervix. These cell changes can lead to cancer over time.
- Cervical checks can test for changes in the cells. If these changes are detected in time they can be treated before they ever develop into cancer.
Where do I get tested?
CervicalCheck - The National Cervical Screening Programme provides free smear tests to women aged 25 to 60. A smear test is a simple procedure that only takes minutes and is the most effective way to detect changes in the cells of the cervix.
Book yours today!
Please see www.cervicalcheck.ie for a registered cervical check clinic near you.