Cervical Screening Test (formerly Pap Smear) & Colposcopy

The Cervical Screening Test has replaced the Pap Smear from December 2017 as part of the National Cervical Screening Program.

The Cervical Screening Test is a new and simple test that detects the HPV virus which can cause particular changes to the cells of a woman’s cervix (the neck of the womb). These changes may lead to cervical cancer if left untreated.

It is recommended that all women aged between 25 and 74 years who have ever been sexually active should have a Cervical Screening Test every 5 years, even if they have had the HPV vaccine. Some women may need to continue the Cervical Screening Test, even after the uterus has been removed.

Colposcopy is a specialized investigation for women who have an abnormal Cervical Screening Test. Colposcopy uses a microscope to help identify abnormal cells on the cervix. Most women undergo this test with minimal discomfort. Following this test, we can recommend the appropriate method of treatment.