The service is provided in a well woman, pleasant environment as cervical screening is promoting well, healthy women. I use disposable speculums and provide lavalavas / sarongs for privacy.
The cost of the cervical smear is $20 and can be paid in cash or by cheque.
Why Women Have Cervical Smears…
A woman's best protection against developing cervical cancer is having regular cervical smear tests. Regular cervical smear tests every three years are recommended for women from the age of 20 until they turn 70 if they have ever been sexually active.
A cervical smear test is a screening test to find abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix. Abnormal changes in cells of the cervix are quite common, and some mild changes will disappear without treatment.
Some abnormal changes may develop into cancer if not treated. An abnormal cervical smear test result hardly ever means cancer. If treatment is needed, it is usually very effective.
How often should you have a cervical smear test?
The National Cervical Screening Programme recommends that women have a cervical smear test every three years from the time they turn 20 until they turn 70.
Three-yearly testing was chosen because it gives very good protection against developing cervical cancer, while keeping to a minimum the number of smears a woman has in her lifetime.
Who should have cervical smear tests?
The National Cervical Screening Programme recommends that all women who have ever been sexually active have regular cervical smear tests from the time they turn 20 until they turn 70. This includes:
- Single women.
- Women with a male partner.
- Disabled women.
- Women who have been through menopause (change of life).
- Women who are not currently sexually active.
Women who have never been sexually active do not need to have regular cervical smear tests. Women who are pregnant or have a new baby do not need to have a cervical smear test unless they are due for one.
If you had a bad experience last time you had a smear, you can go to a different smear taker next time. It helps if you tell your new smear taker about your past experiences.
For more information on cervical screening visit: www.nsu.govt.nz/national-cervical-screening-programme