Abnormal Smear






30 - 60 mins

Gynaecological smear test and cytobrush in hands of gynaecologist.

What are abnormal cervical cells?

Smear tests are carried out in order to monitor any abnormal cell changes in the cervix, and therefore to catch any cells that show indications of cervical cancer, before they can spread.
Roughly 6 smear tests out of every 100 show abnormal results, but these do not necessarily mean cancer. In fact, less than 1 in 1,000 tests indicate invasive cancer.


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Managing Abnormal Cervical Cells

Abnormal cells usually return to normal on their own, which is why, in the event of an abnormal smear, you will usually be advised to wait and come back for another one at a later stage before further action is recommended.

If the cervical cells continue to show a progression of abnormality on further testing, they can be removed to prevent the development of cancer.

What to do next

Our services include smear testing, which you can have done here at our clinic, or we can also help you figure out how to proceed if you have already received an abnormal smear result.

Give us a call to make an appointment with a specialist.

How To Book A Private Doctor Appointment?

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Use our online booking engine or book your test by giving us a call.

Choose your test type

On the online booking engine select the “appointment type” you need.

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You will be seen by one of our friendly doctors or trained clinicians.


  • Schedule your appointment during a non-menstruating period
  • Aim for the middle of your menstrual cycle
  • Avoid sex, tampons, douches, or vaginal meds 48 hours prior
  • Discuss concerns with your healthcare provider beforehand
  • Dress comfortably for the exam
  • Practice relaxation techniques if anxious.
During the test
  • The entire procedure usually takes only a few minutes.
  • While it might be slightly uncomfortable, it is generally not painful. It’s important to communicate with your healthcare provider throughout the process if you feel any discomfort or have concerns.
  • Regular smear tests are crucial for detecting cervical abnormalities early on, which can aid in the prevention of cervical cancer.
  • Our medical team will reach out to you via phone to discuss the results as soon as they become available.
  • During this conversation, any required follow-up steps will be agreed upon.
  • Subsequently, you will receive a detailed email with the results after your discussion with the doctor.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to let us know. Your well-being is our priority.

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If I have an abnormal smear test, will I need to have a biopsy?
The doctor will likely only recommend a biopsy if you have two or more abnormal PAP smears in a row, or if there any particular abnormalities are found during a routine check-up. This is to ensure that your cells are not pre-cancerous.
All women who have been sexually active at any point in their lives should have regular pap smears.
The process is quick and painless, although can cause some discomfort. You can always request to be seen by a female doctor or nurse. Your practitioner will gently insert a speculum into the vagina so that the cervix is visible. A swab of cells from the cervix is then taken using a cotton brush, wiped onto a glass slide, and sent for testing.

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