Cervical screening - Who can get screened?

Cervical screening is offered to women every 3 years from age 25 to 49. Then every 5 years from age 50 to 64.

Having cervical screening lowers your chances of getting cervical cancer. Screening finds abnormal cells so they can be removed before they become cancer.

You should consider having screening regardless of your sexual orientation, sexual history, or whether you’ve had the HPV vaccination.

If you missed your last cervical screening, you do not need to wait for a letter to book an appointment. Contact your GP practice or sexual health and contraception service as soon as possible to ask for an appointment.

If you’re a transgender (trans) man registered with your GP as female, you’ll get offered cervical screening. If you’re registered as male you won’t be offered screening. But your GP can arrange an appointment for you if you have a cervix. If you’re a trans woman you don’t need screening. If you’re transgender, non-binary, or intersex, thinking about cervical screening might be difficult. The Eve Appeal has resources for transgender, non-binary, and intersex people which might help you.