Have a question or concern? Our dedicated admin team is ready to assist you. Reach us through our social media, telephone, or email.

0121 798 0729


Cervical Screening Awareness Week: Everything You Need to Know

Cervical Screening

Cervical Screening Awareness Week is a crucial time to highlight the importance of cervical health and encourage women to participate in regular screenings. Understanding what cervical screening involves, how it differs from a smear test, the appropriate age for screening, and the warning signs of cervical cancer can help you stay informed and proactive about your health.

What Does Cervical Screening Involve?

Cervical screening, commonly known as a smear test or Pap test, involves collecting cells from the cervix (the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina) to detect any abnormalities that could potentially develop into cervical cancer. The procedure is typically performed by a healthcare professional and involves the following steps:

  1. Preparation: You’ll be asked to undress from the waist down and lie on a couch with your knees bent and feet apart.
  2. Speculum Insertion: A speculum, a medical instrument, is gently inserted into the vagina to hold it open and allow access to the cervix.
  3. Cell Collection: Using a small brush or spatula, the healthcare professional collects cells from the cervix.
  4. Analysis: The collected cells are sent to a laboratory for analysis to check for any abnormalities.

What is the Difference Between a Smear Test and Cervical Screening?

The terms “smear test” and “cervical screening” are often used interchangeably, but they refer to slightly different things. A smear test is the procedure used to collect cells from the cervix. Cervical screening, on the other hand, encompasses the entire process of collecting, analysing, and monitoring cervical cells to detect any changes that might indicate a risk of cervical cancer.

What is the Age for Cervical Screening?

In the UK, the NHS offers cervical screening to women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64. The recommended schedule is as follows:

  • Ages 25-49: Every three years
  • Ages 50-64: Every five years

These intervals may vary slightly depending on individual health circumstances and the results of previous screenings. At Private Medical Clinic we offer next day results, the NHS currently has a waiting time of up to 6 weeks for results. 

What Are the Five Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer?

Early detection of cervical cancer is crucial for successful treatment. Here are five warning signs to be aware of:

  1. Unusual Vaginal Bleeding: This includes bleeding between periods, after sex, or after menopause.
  2. Persistent Pelvic Pain: Pain that is not related to your menstrual cycle.
  3. Unusual Vaginal Discharge: Discharge that may be watery, pink, or foul-smelling.
  4. Pain During Intercourse: Discomfort or pain during sexual activity.
  5. Changes in Bladder or Bowel Habits: This includes more frequent urination, constipation, or changes in stool consistency.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s essential to consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible.


Cervical Screening Awareness Week serves as a reminder of the importance of regular screenings. Remember, early detection saves lives, so make sure to attend your scheduled screenings and encourage others to do the same.

Stay informed, stay healthy, and help spread the word!

Click here to book an appointment with one of our doctors. 

Share this article
Shareable URL
Prev Post

Autism Assessments: A Comprehensive Guide To Preparation, Process, And The NHS

Next Post

Kenalog Injections: How Do They Work To Combat Hay Fever?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read next