I've had a hysterectomy - do I still need cervical screening?

The sort of smears which are sometimes taken after hysterectomy are not the routine tests that women have in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, but are vault smears. They are part of surgical follow-up and depend upon the reason for the hysterectomy, what was found at the time, and whether or not the abnormal cells were completely removed.

The surgical team who performed the operation will decide what kind of follow-up is appropriate and you should talk it over with them. Normally speaking, if you do not have a cervix, then you do not need cervical screening.

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