What is self-collection?
A self-collected Cervical Screening Test is when a woman or person with a cervix takes their own sample with a cotton swab. This test is done at the doctor’s or other health setting, usually behind a screen or in the bathroom. Alternatively, VCS now offer home self-collected samples for eligible women – find out more.
Who is eligible for self-collection?
A woman or person with a cervix may be eligible for self-collection if they meet the following criteria:
- They are aged 30 and over
- Are overdue for a Cervical Screening Test by two years or more
- Have said no to a Cervical Screening Test from a health professional
- Are not symptomatic.
If you are interested in self-collection as a cervical screening method, it is important that you speak to your GP about your eligibility. If you are eligible, your practitioner will provide you with a swab and explain how to do the test.