During cervical screening a small sample of cells is taken from your cervix for testing.
The test itself should take less than 5 minutes. The whole appointment should take about 10 minutes.
It's usually done by a female nurse or doctor.
Before starting, they should explain what will happen during the test and answer any questions you have.
Your cervix is the opening of your womb from your vagina.
You're in control of the screening and can ask the nurse to stop at any time.
If you're worried about cervical screening, there are things you can try that might make the test better for you:
You may have some spotting or light bleeding after your cervical screening test.
This is very common and should go away in a few hours.