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Cervical Screening & Management

What is Cervical Screening?

A Cervical Screening Test (CST) aims to prevent cervical cancer.

The CST replaced what was commonly known as a “Pap smear” in 2017.  Pap smears looked for abnormal cells, and the CST looks for the virus that is the cause of the abnormal cells.

A CST involves analysing cells from the cervix (at the top of the vagina) for the presence of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers.

Who is eligible for Cervical Screening?

CST should be done on anyone who has a cervix who is:

  • Between the ages 25-74 years. 
  • Has ever had heterosexual intercourse. 

How often should the a cervical screen be done?

The CST should be repeated every 5 years, unless an abnormal result is reported when further testing will likely be necessary.

How can I make an appointment for Cervical Screening?

If you would like more information on cervical screening at Gynae North, please contact our friendly Administration team.

How is Cervical Screening performed?

The CST involves the collection of cells from the cervix in one of two ways: 

1. Directly from the cervix 

Done by a GP or Specialist, using a device called a speculum to enable the vagina and cervix to be visualised.  The Doctor gently inserts the speculum into the vagina and gently collects the sample of cells.

2. Self-collection 

Women can self-collect the sample themselves if:

  • They are more than 2 years overdue for their CST. 
  • They have never previously had any form of cervical screening (Pap smear or CST). 
  • They are not currently pregnant. 
  • Have no abnormal vaginal bleeding.

The sample must be collected at the clinic or at your own health care providers practice.