A quarter of young women are ‘embarrassed’ to have cervical cancer smear tests
Women put off cervical cancer screenings because they are worried it will be painful and embarrassing, a new study shows.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland all women between the ages of 25 and 64 are eligible for cervical screening. In Scotland screening is currently between the ages of 20 and 60 and will be raised to 25-64 in 2015.
Usually at this surgery Mary our nurse who has had many years of experience is the sample taker.
Tips for attending a cervical screening:
· First time or nervous? Tell the sample taker.
· Worried about discomfort? Ask the sample taker to use a smaller speculum.
· Feeling embarrassed? Wear a skirt as you can keep this on during the test.
· Try to relax and distract your mind.
· Don’t want to go alone? Take a friend to wait in the waiting room with you.
· Not sure what to expect? Go to the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website or call their helpline (0808 802 8000).