Free Cervical Screening

16 February 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.

Due to the recent and rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, we are currently operating a waiting list and may be unable to give you an early appointment. Thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding.

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

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.

Please note that we are unable to take appointments for private cervical screenings at present.

Coronavirus/COVID-19

Owing to the recent and rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, we have introduced some new measures to protect you during your care. We are currently operating a waiting list and may be unable to give you an early appointment. 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.

Click here for more information or contact our clinics for further advice.

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.