This service or treatment is generally covered by most health insurance policies. You are responsible for checking your insurance policy cover, and you may need a referral letter. Check which insurance companies are covered.
The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina. Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should have cervical screening. During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix.
Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, it’s a test to help prevent cancer. This is achieved by testing for HPV virus. HPV is a name given to a group of common viruses, many of which most people will get at some point in their life. Cervical screening checks a sample of cells from your cervix for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV test is a test for a virus called high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause cervical cell changes to develop into cervical cancer. So, cervical screening is one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.