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If you feel worried about going for cervical screening (a smear test), you are not alone. It may help to know as much as possible about what going for cervical screening is like. Ask someone you trust about their experience, speak with your doctor or nurse, or call our Helpline on 0808 802 8000 for more support.
Your whole visit to the GP surgery should not take longer than about 15 minutes, with the test itself taking about 3 minutes.
1. your legs bent up
2. your ankles together and your knees apart.
Some examination beds have stirrups on them. If yours does, you should place your feet in the stirrups. If this is uncomfortable, you can ask to lie on your left side with your knees bent (left lateral position).
Most people can continue their day as usual after the appointment. You may have some very light bleeding (spotting) for a day after the test, so it can help to wear a sanitary pad or panty-liner.
Cervical screening should not feel painful, but it may feel a bit uncomfortable. If you have any pain or other problems, it is important to let your doctor or nurse know.
Everyone’s experience is different, but knowing these tips before you go for cervical screening may help you feel more comfortable:
Whether it’s your first time or you have been many times before, going for cervical screening may make you anxious, but we are here to help. We have more information about the test for:
If you have questions or just want to talk things through, give our Helpline a call on 0808 802 8000. We also have an online forum where you can chat with others who have been for cervical screening or may have similar questions.Show references