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#SmearForSmear 2021: Be Kind

Posted on: Sunday, 24th January 2021 by

How can we tackle barriers to cervical screening?

Posted on: Friday, 13th November 2020 by

Adriana MacNaughton is the London Public Health Coordinator at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. In this blog, she talks about barriers to cervical screening and how education helps patients to make informed decisions.

Before my first cervical screening appointment, I was worried that it would be painful and felt a bit shy about it – and I assumed others probably felt the same. But when I started at Jo’s, I had my eyes opened to the vast amount of other barriers that existed.

Left lateral position – a better option for patients?

Posted on: Friday, 13th November 2020 by

Bridgette Love has been a practice nurse for 24 years and is passionate about offering the best possible experience to her patients. In this blog, she explains the benefits of offering an alternative cervical screening position and shares the preferences of her patients.

Let's talk about... smear tests when you have a tilted cervix

Posted on: Thursday, 12th November 2020 by

If you have a tilted cervix, cervical screening can sometimes be more uncomfortable for you. This might make you feel anxious or nervous before your next appointment. But, did you know that there’s lots of ways to make a cervical screening appointment better if you have a tilted cervix?

Tips for communicating to patients about cervical screening

Posted on: Tuesday, 13th October 2020 by

We know many people find cervical screening a difficult test, and COVID-19 has made it more challenging for some. We have developed some tips to help you communicate with and support your patients through cervical screening at the moment.

Our new cervical screening information for trans men and/or non-binary people with a cervix

Posted on: Monday, 7th September 2020 by

Accessing cervical screening can be difficult for many people. This can be exacerbated for trans men and/or non-binary people with a cervix who face many barriers to accessing routine cervical screening, as well as discrimination because of their gender identity.

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Impact of COVID-19 on cervical screening

Posted on: Thursday, 3rd September 2020 by

To further our work in understanding the impact of COVID-19 on cervical screening, we conducted an online survey of 2,000 women aged 25-64 living in England and spoke to an additional 22 through one to one interviews and focus groups. Carried out during June and July 2020, we asked those taking part in the research how they felt about attending cervical screening in light of the pandemic.

Our smear test stories: the Jo's team share their experiences

Posted on: Tuesday, 25th August 2020 by

Everyone's experience of cervical screening (smear tests) is different and the Jo's team are no exception! We spend our working days talking about smear tests, creating information, sharing the facts and supporting people with concerns. However, this doesn't mean we all find the test easy. Some of our team have shared our stories to show no matter how you feel, you are not alone.

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Why can't I get a smear test?

Posted on: Tuesday, 5th January 2021 by

Most recently updated on 5th January 2021 to reflect the changing situation in the UK. We will update this blog post with any new information we have.

If you’ve been invited for cervical screening (a smear test) but can’t get an appointment, you’re probably wondering what’s going on.

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Bleeding after a smear test: is it normal and why does it happen?

Posted on: Tuesday, 7th July 2020 by

If you experience bleeding after your cervical screening (smear test), we know that it can be alarming, especially if it’s your first test. But try not to panic – it’s fairly common, and many causes of bleeding are not likely to create future problems. It’s important to say, first of all, that if you are worried about it, or you feel that it’s a large amount of blood, it’s always best to speak to your nurse or doctor. 

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