Your Daughter's First Gynecology Visit (for Parents)
OpenMenu The Pap smear detects pre-cancerous cellular changes and has The government announced on Monday the end date for the Pap smear. HPV test every five years from 25 until 70 to 74 years of age, instead. Most health care organizations recommend women begin regular Pap testing at age If you're a virgin — meaning you haven't had sexual (vaginal). (This may affect how open your daughter is during the visit. Most offices won't share Gynecologists recommend a Pap smear starting at age 21, and then every 3 years for women in their 20s. In this test, the Date reviewed: October
In the new program women will be offered a HPV test every five years from 25 until 70 to 74 years of age, instead of a Pap smear every two years from age 18 to While the testing technology is different, having the test itself will be exactly the same for most women.
It can determine whether an oncogenic HPV type is present in the cells and is more effective than a Pap smear at predicting whether a woman is at risk of cervical cancer.
Women who are positive for higher risk types 16 or 18 will be referred straight away for further investigation while those with an intermediate risk HPV will have a repeat test 12 months later.
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Women with a negative HPV test can be reassured that their risk of developing cervical disease within the next five years is extremely low, lower than for a Pap smear, which is why we can safely extend the interval between tests. Some women experience anxiety about a speculum examination as a result of cultural issues or past sexual abuse which can lead to low rates of screening.
In the new program, never-screened or under-screened women will be able to take a vaginal swab themselves which is then sent for testing. While this self-collected test is less accurate than a test from the cervix it will allow vulnerable women to participate in the program and benefit from it.
The increased age of first screening from 18 to 25 years has raised concerns about missed diagnoses. However, cervical cancer is extremely rare in young women and the screening program has not been found to make an impact on preventing cancer deaths in women under Women of any age should see their doctor if they have symptoms suggestive of cervical cancer or pre-cancer such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially bleeding after intercourse.
Cervical screening aged 24 or under
Consent to participate can never be given by a third party. Before signing the Cervical Cytology Form, a woman has the right to certain information to allow her to make an informed choice and to give informed consent.
This includes an explanation of: The smear test The possibility that the sample may also be tested for certain types of HPV The likelihood and meaning of a normal result What it means if recalled for further tests When and how the result will be provided The importance of having regular smear tests The accuracy and limitations of screening tests, and If the results are abnormal, the options available, including an assessment of the risks, limitations, side effects and benefits of each option.
A woman must sign the Cervical Cytology Form to take part in the programme and avail of a free CervicalCheck smear test.
About the cervical screening programme
The Information Sheet for Women cover sheet of the Cervical Cytology form must be provided to every woman who attends for a smear test. It explains to a woman how her consent is required to allow her personal details to be shared within the cervical screening programme.
Screening intervals CervicalCheck operates two routine screening intervals for women with normal smear test results. It is important to see your doctor or nurse as soon as possible.
Cervical Screening Under 24 | Smear Test Age | Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust
The NHS has guidelines for doctors and nurses to support young women and people with a cervix aged 20 to It says you should be offered a pelvic examination by a doctor or nurse if: The guidelines explain the types of questions that doctors and nurses should ask to find out whether the symptoms could be related to cervical cancer. Some people find it embarrassing to talk about gynaecological problems. If you feel like this, you are not alone.
If you want, you can take someone you trust with you for support during your appointment.