What is Smear Test ?

Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina. It’s not a test for cancer, it’s a test to help prevent cancer. All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited to done.

How do you prepare for a smear test?

Avoid intercourse, douching, or using any vaginal medicines or spermicidal foams, creams or jellies for two days before having a Pap smear, as these may wash away or obscure abnormal cells.

Can a smear test detect STD?

Cervical screening tests help prevent cervical cancer by checking the health of the entrance of the womb (cervix) and detecting abnormal cells. Cervical screening doesn’t include tests for chlamydia or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as gonorrhoea.ry not to schedule a Pap smear during your menstrual period.