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Imogen Pinnell, Health Information Manager

Back to school: How can we tackle misinformation about the HPV vaccine?

Posted on: Friday, 6th September 2019 by

It’s back-to-school time and that means thousands of children, both boys and girls (perhaps your own children) may be offered the HPV vaccine at school. You may have seen that the vaccine has been hitting the news recently and you probably have lots of questions about it. This blog can help!

Categories: HPV hpv vaccine

Let’s talk about… smear tests for under-25s

Posted on: Monday, 28th January 2019 by

Today in parliament, MPs debate the age at which the cervical screening (a smear test) programme begins. The debate is taking place because of a petition which was created by Natasha Sale and gathered over 160,000 signatures. Natasha Sale was diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 28 and very sadly passed away at the age of 31. 

Natasha’s story is incredibly sad. We are thinking of her family and friends who have had to go through this.

Categories: cervical screening

Let’s talk about… smear tests and FGM

Posted on: Monday, 6th August 2018 by

Please be aware that this blog contains content that may be distressing to read.

There are lots reasons why women and people with a cervix find it hard to go for cervical screening (smear tests). The Hawa Trust work with communities affected by FGM and we spoke with Hawa Sesay, their Executive Director, about the experience of screening for women who have undergone FGM.

Let’s Talk about it…having a bad experience at a smear test

Posted on: Friday, 11th May 2018 by

If you have had a bad experience at a smear test, it can understandably have a negative impact on how you feel about going for a test in the future.

While smear tests are not pleasant and can be uncomfortable or difficult for many reasons, the majority of women do not have a bad experience. When women do have bad experiences, it is sometimes a combination of several factors instead of just one thing, these reasons can be very personal and varied.

Let’s talk about it… anxiety and smear tests

Posted on: Tuesday, 27th February 2018 by

While smear tests are not enjoyable, for many women they’re over in a few minutes and they can continue with their day, knowing that the job’s been ticked off. 

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However, for other women, going for their smear test is not as simple.

Let’s talk about it… sometimes smear tests are painful

Posted on: Tuesday, 30th January 2018 by

For a lot of people, it’s a five minute appointment that may be slightly uncomfortable and embarrassing, but is over and done with quickly. But for others, smear tests aren’t just uncomfortable – they hurt and some women find them extremely painful.