On reaching 25 years ladies are offered the test every three years and from 50 to 64 years every five years. We are concerned that the uptake of the test for the women of Plymouth is below the National average and that puts our ladies at greater risk of developing cervical cancer. There has been lots of information in the Press and on Social Media about how the uptake nationally has dropped.
We are holding extra Practice Nurse Clinics at the Health Centre over the next 6 months to offer more tests. They will be at various times of the day, first thing in the morning, late evenings and during school hours to enable you to attend at a time which is more convenient. If you would like to book an appointment to discuss your concerns and anxiety about the test that is possible too, you can book just to have a chat and come back at another time.
The test should ideally be performed in the middle of the menstrual cycle, around 14 days after the first day of your period but if you have contraception that stops your period then anytime is fine. If you have recently given birth then you need to wait at least three months before having a test.