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This blog talks about cervical screening (smear tests) after the menopause, whether natural or triggered by treatment for cervical cancer.
If you’ve had cervical cancer treatment and are currently going through the menopause or are post-menopausal, you may be having a different kind of test known as a vault smear. This blog post may be useful for you, but you may also need further support from your healthcare team.
Categories: cervical screening
During our 20th year, we’re speaking to people who have been supporting us throughout the years. Jenny Greenfield is a Practice Nurse Manager in East Sussex and has held many nursing and teaching roles in primary care since 1989. She has trained hundreds of nurses in cervical screening and women’s health.
We’ve released a new report today highlighting a barrier to cervical screening which is frankly disgraceful: physical disability. We were shocked by what we found.
Two thirds of women with a physical disability say they have been unable to attend cervical screening because of their disability. We heard from others who have been told they can’t have a test and worryingly numbers who have faced stigma and misconceptions along the way.
In 2016, I was a full-time police officer. I’m also a mum and at the same time was setting up my own business: a hair and beauty salon which I opened in the March. Needless to say, life was very hectic! It had been about 8 years since I last attended cervical screening (a smear test). My shifts would often change meaning I would have to cancel appointments, and so it was very easy to put it off.
At Jo’s, we receive calls to our Helpline every single day from women who have had a cervical screening or colposcopy result they weren’t expecting. Lots are confused, many are scared and others simply do not understand what it all means.
This is why for Cervical Screening Awareness Week we’re talking about cell changes.
I guess everyone has familiar thoughts which come to mind when one is en route to a cervical screening appointment.
I bet they range from the mundane – “will the room be cold?” - To – “it’s fantastic the NHS offers the chance to have cervical screening free of charge”.
I imagine that a small, but significant group of women will walk through the door as I often did thinking – what am I doing to say when they ask that question.
You might have seen recently in the news that there is going to be a pilot scheme in London looking at the best way to offer self-sampling to women as part of the cervical screening programme. We know that lots of people have questions about self-sampling and about this pilot, so hopefully the below will help.