When should I be screened?

If you are a woman aged 25 to 60 and have a cervix (neck of the womb), you should have a smear test when it’s due. This is the best way to reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer.

Even if you have had the HPV vaccination, you should have your screening test each time it’s due. This is because the HPV vaccine doesn’t guarantee complete protection against cervical cancer.

Depending on your age, you should have a test:

  • aged 25 to 44 – every 3 years
  • aged 45 to 60 years – every 5 years

The frequency of when you are invited to have a cervical screening test is based on clinical evidence and international best practice.

We may also ask you to have more frequent screening tests – in 12 months. But this will only be if we feel that there is a need for extra monitoring.

If you are aged 25 to 60 and have never had a cervical screening test, you can make an appointment with a Donegal Women’s Centre to have one.

You should have your second screening test 3 years after you have your first one. This is regardless of what age you are when you have your first screening test.

To check when you are next your smear test is due, click on the following link:

Find out when your next smear test is due

If you are due to have your smear taken, contact Donegal Women’s Centre on 074 9124985