Cervical screenings are very quick and only take three minutes to carry out.
Before you have your smear test, you’ll be asked to remove your clothes from the waist down. You’ll then need to lie down and your healthcare professional will place a paper sheet over the lower half of your body.
They will then insert a plastic or metal instrument into your vagina to open the inside, which will make the cervix easy to see. A brush will be used to take a sample of your cervical cells. Your sample will be immersed in a preservative liquid and sent off for analysis to be examined under a microscope.
You may feel slightly uncomfortable when having your smear test, however staying relaxed can help to reduce any discomfort you may feel.
If you’re attending your first screening, it’s always a good idea to bring along a family member or a friend who may help you feel more at ease.