Cervical Screening (Smear Test)
A Cervical Screening Test (previously known as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells at the entrance to the womb (cervix). All women are invited to attend for a cervical screening test, from the age of 25 years old. The screening test is undertaken every three years for women under the age of 50 years, and every five years over the age of 50 years.
You will automatically be sent a letter with an appointment suggestion when you are due a test. The test itself only takes five minutes to carry out and involves taking a small swab of cells from neck of the womb (cervix) which is inside your vagina. The screening sample is then sent away to be analysed. You will receive a letter through the post, informing you about the result within two weeks. At the current time only one in twenty women will show any signs of changing cells.
Our Integrated Sexual Health Services
Here at Spectrum Community Health our main focus is to provide practical and friendly help in our own supportive environments via Integrated Sexually Health Services in Barnsley and Wakefield. We are here to help you make the right sexual health choices for you.
- Find your nearest Integrated Sexual Health Service.
If you think you may be pregnant and need someone to talk to, our supportive healthcare staff at Spectrum Community Health are here for you. Our Integrated Sexual Health Services can provide you with support and information you may need.
All you need to do is book an appointment with us so that we can talk you through your options, whether this is;
- Suitable emergency contraception
- The initial pregnancy test
- Your options if you are pregnant.
Rest assured, whatever you need us to help you with; our services are both confidential and non-biased and focused upon helping you decide what are the best options for you.