All women and people with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64 should go for regular cervical screening. You'll get a letter in the post inviting you to make an appointment.
|Age||When you're invited|
|under 25||up to 6 months before you turn 25|
|25 to 49||every 3 years|
|50 to 64||every 5 years|
|65 or older||only if 1 of your last 3 tests was abnormal|
You can book an appointment as soon as you get a letter.
If you missed your last cervical screening, you do not need to wait for a letter to book an appointment.
You will not be invited for cervical screening until you're 25 because:
You'll usually stop being invited for screening once you turn 65. This is because it's very unlikely that you'll get cervical cancer.
You'll only be invited again if 1 of your last 3 tests was abnormal.
If you're 65 or older and have never been for cervical screening, or have not had cervical screening since the age of 50, you can ask your GP for a test.
You will not need to go for cervical screening if you have had a total hysterectomy to remove all of your womb and cervix.
You should not receive any more screening invitation letters.
You're worried about symptoms of cervical cancer such as:
Do not wait for your next cervical screening appointment.