At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To screen for early abnormalities (pre-cancer) which, if left untreated, could lead to cervical cancer.
When to Get Tested?
In England, all woman between the ages of 25 and 64 are eligible for a free cervical screening test every three to five years, depending on age.
In Wales those between 20 and 64 are eligible for screening at 3 yearly intervals.
In Scotland those between 20 and 60 are eligible for screening 3 at yearly intervals.
In Northern Ireland those between 20 and 64 are eligible for screening at 5 yearly intervals.
In the Republic of Ireland those between 25 and 44 are eligible for screening at 3 yearly intervals and those between 45 and 60 at 5 yearly intervals.
Cells from the cervix (neck of the womb)
Test Preparation Needed?
You may be asked to refrain from sexual intercourse for 24-48 hours before the test, avoid using vaginal creams or foams in the 48 hours before the test and book the test appointment 10-14 days after the beginning of your last menstrual period.