Free Cervical Screening

27 April update

If you’re aged 25-65, a woman or a person with a cervix, and have ever had sexual contact (including non-penetrative sex), cervical screening is an important part of your healthcare.

Symptoms of cervical cancer include abnormal bleeding, pain in your pelvis or pain during sex. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please contact one of our clinics to speak to a doctor.

We are currently only in a position to offer appointments for cervical screening to returning clients. Due to considerable demand, we are also operating a waiting list for this service and you may need to wait for an appointment to become available. We hope to recommence appointments for first-time clients in the coming weeks. A full list of cervical screening providers is available through CervicalCheck. Thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding.

For information about cervical cancer and HPV cervical screening, please read below.

Answers to some frequently asked questions on HPV and cervical screening are available here: HPV Cervical Screening FAQs

About Cervical Cancer

Your cervix is the opening to your uterus (womb) from your vagina. Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).

Most people contract HPV within their lifetimes and may not even be aware that they have it. You may be at risk of cervical cancer if you have certain high-risk types of HPV. High-risk HPV can cause abnormal, or pre-cancerous, cells to grow around your cervix.

Every year in Ireland approximately 300 people are diagnosed with cervical cancer, with over 90 lives lost to the disease. Cervical cancer often has no signs or symptoms. Symptoms of cervical cancer may include abnormal bleeding, pain in your pelvis or pain during sex.

If you are worried about symptoms that might mean you have cervical cancer, please phone the IFPA, your GP or contact CervicalCheck on 1800 45 45 55.

Never ignore symptoms.

Routine Cervical Screening

Cervical screening can help prevent the development of cervical cancer.

It is not a test for cancer, it’s a test to help prevent cancer from developing. Cervical screening can detect signs of cervical cancer in people with no symptoms. Routine screening is offered to women and people with a cervix between the ages of 25-65.

A new method of cervical screening has been used in Ireland since March 2020. This is called HPV cervical screening. If you’ve had a smear test before, then you’ll find that the new test is very similar. The biggest difference is that the new HPV cervical screening test checks if you have any of the high-risk types of HPV that cause cervical cancer. If HPV is found, your sample will be checked to see if you have any abnormal cells in your cervix.

You can find out more about the screening process here.

Cost

You do not need to pay cervical screening, it’s free. The IFPA is registered with CervicalCheck, the National Cervical Screening Programme, offering free cervical screening to women aged 25 to 60 at our two Dublin clinics.

Before you make an appointment, please check that you are registered for cervical screening by visiting www.hse.ie/cervicalcheck, call Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or contact info@cervicalcheck.ie.

If you don’t live in the Dublin area, see www.cervicalcheck.ie for a full list of registered cervical screening services.

Coronavirus/Covid-19

We are currently only in a position to offer appointments for cervical screening to returning clients. Due to considerable demand, we are also operating a waiting list for this service and you may need to wait for an appointment to become available. We hope to recommence appointments for first-time clients in the coming weeks. A full list of cervical screening providers is available through CervicalCheck. Thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding.

However, if you are experiencing symptoms of cervical cancer, including abnormal bleeding, pain in your pelvis or pain during sex, please contact one of our clinics to speak to a doctor. Following a telephone conversation, you may be asked to attend the clinic for an appointment.

If you need to attend an appointment, we assure you that our staff adhere to the highest standards of hygiene to keep you safe during your visit.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus/Covid-19, are awaiting a test result, or are a close contact of a confirmed or suspected case, you should not attend the clinic. Please contact us and we can discuss how best to provide you with the care you need.

Information about how we’re providing care during the pandemic is available here.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

If you are worried about symptoms that might mean you have cervical cancer, phone the IFPA, your GP or contact CervicalCheck on Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

Never ignore symptoms.