When is the best time in the menstrual cycle to have cervical screening?

Mid -cycle (usually 14 days after your last period) is the best time because a clearer background to the sample can be gained around this time. This is because the mucus plug is at its thinnest so the sample is less likely to be masked or contain mucus. Also, the epithelium (lining) is at its thickest so the sample taken contains a full range of cells. But it's not a strict rule, so do take advice from your doctor or practice nurse if you can't make an appointment at that time.

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