Cancer of the cervix is one of the most preventable of all cancers.
Where to have a smear test
It is important that you feel comfortable with the person who takes your smear.
You have a choice of where to go to have smears:
- your local doctor or practice nurse
- Family Planning
- your sexual health service
- marae-based or other Māori health centres
- community health services, for example, Pacific or women’s health centres.
Where can I find a female cervical smear taker?
Many women prefer to have a cervical smear test done by a woman. Several of the services listed above have female smear takers.
Some male doctors will arrange for you to have a cervical smear test with a female doctor or nurse who is trained to take smears.
If you want to know more about where to go for a female smear taker, you can ring the NCSP freephone, 0800 729 729.
What if I have a disability or health condition?
Women with a physical, intellectual or another disability or health condition may face other challenges when having a cervical smear test.
If you have a disability or health condition that affects having a cervical smear test, please let your needs be known when you make your appointment.
Your smear taker may then be able to prepare for your needs, for example, by getting extra equipment or by rearranging the room if required.
It may be possible to find a smear taker who is experienced in doing smears for disabled women or women with a health condition.
Some local disability or health services may know of someone in your area who is specially trained or experienced and is willing to help.
It is important to us that you feel as comfortable as possible and supported when you have a smear test.
How much does a smear test cost?
The cost of a smear test will be what you normally pay to see your doctor or nurse.
Some community or primary health organisations offer a free or low-cost service.