Having your smear test
We know having a smear test can be stressful, so we want it to be as quick and easy as possible.
A smear test takes around 10 minutes.
Your smear test won’t cost any more than the normal cost to see your doctor or nurse. It can be free for some eligible women.
What to expect
You can find out what to expect at The smear process. It includes tips from other women on making the process easier.
Choosing a smear taker
It’s important to have a smear taker you’re comfortable with. See Where to go for your smear test for tips.
If you have a disability or health condition
If you have any special requirements that may make having a cervical smear test a bit more challenging, let your smear taker know beforehand. Tell 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, you may prefer to delay your test until three months after the birth.
You should wait until three months after your baby’s birth for your cervical screening to allow 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. We recommend they wait outside the room while you get the cervical smear itself.