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Let’s talk about it…difficulty accessing a smear test appointment

Posted on: Monday, 11th June 2018 by

There are many reasons which can make attending smear tests difficult. Things such as fear, embarrassment, anxiety and a previous bad experience can all mean even taking the first step to book an appointment can be hard. However another barrier to smear tests is physically being able to access the test and more and more women are telling us that they are struggling to get appointments.

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.

Let’s talk about it…smear tests after experiencing sexual violence

Posted on: Friday, 26th January 2018 by

As part of our new blog series "Let's talk about it" Louise Cadman, Research Nurse Consultant at Queen Mary University of London and on the Management Committee of the My Body Back Project, addresses some of the issues around having a smear test after experiencing sexual violence (***Trigger warning: this blog is about sexual violence***).

What is HPV testing all about?

Posted on: Friday, 11th August 2017 by

Help us reach the day where no woman dies from cervical cancer: Our manifesto for the General Election 2017.

Posted on: Wednesday, 10th May 2017 by

As a charity we are focused on the day that no woman dies from cervical cancer. We know that day can come and we want to get there as soon as we can, so that no woman has to face a life threatening cervical diagnosis, no woman has to endure invasive treatment, no woman has to suffer from the long term physical and psychological effects of treatment. 

While we work towards this day, we know that many woman are not receiving the support, information and care that they need. This is not acceptable.

Are you Cervix Savvy?

Posted on: Monday, 13th March 2017 by

Cervical cancer prevention: The next step

Posted on: Thursday, 2nd February 2017 by

My plea this Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Posted on: Monday, 16th January 2017 by