Cervical screening - What will my results be?

Your results letter will explain what tests were done and what your results mean.

Most people will have a normal result. This means you do not need any further tests, and you’ll be invited for screening again in 3 or 5 years (depending on your age).

Sometimes you’ll be asked to come back in 3 months to have the test again. This does not mean there’s anything wrong – it’s because the results were unclear. There are a number of reasons why that could happen.

If you have an abnormal result, your letter will explain what happens next.

You may need:

  • no treatment
  • another cervical screening test in a year
  • a different test to look at your cervix (colposcopy)

You can look at the NHS website to find out more about the different kinds of abnormal results.