Having your screening test
We know having a test can be stressful, so your health provider will work with you to ensure it is as quick and easy as possible.
A test takes around 10 minutes.
Most women are charged a fee for the test.
Some Māori and Pacific providers, community or primary health organisations offer a free or low cost option.
What to expect
You can find out what to expect at The screening process. It includes tips from other women on making the process easier.
Choosing a screen-taker
It’s important to have a health provider you’re comfortable with. See Where to go for your screening test for tips.
If you have a disability or health condition
If you have any special requirements that may make having the test a bit more challenging, let your health provider know beforehand. Let them know what you need when you make your appointment, and on the day.
If you are pregnant, you can still have a screening test, especially if you have never had one before, are due or overdue for one, have an abnormal screening history, or have been recommended for a follow-up test.
If you have a normal screening history and aren't overdue for a test, you may prefer to delay your test until three months after the birth.
After your baby's birth you should wait three months to have a cervical screening test. This allows time for the changes of pregnancy to settle.
Bringing a support person
You are welcome to bring a support person or member of your whānau with you.