Cervical screening is simpler and easier than it used to be.
Cervical screening tests for cancer-causing strains of HPV. Most people get screened every five years. Many people collect their own samples for screening.
In the past, cervical screening tested for cell changes in the cervix. This test was called a smear test. A smear test is done by a nurse or doctor. To do a smear test, a nurse or doctor puts a speculum into your vagina and takes a cell sample from your cervix. Smear tests have to be done once every three years.