Smears without Tears: Patient self-help guide for speculum examinations

Smears without Tears (smear guide)Smears without Tears: A woman's guide to making a speculum examination more comfortable (PDF leaflet)

This is a guide on how to get the best out of your smear test (also known as a pap test). You might want to print it out and take it with you to your next test.

We have revised the guide so that the PDF prints out as a double-sided leaflet (rather like our Vulval Pain leaflet), as we think that leaflets are smaller and easier to carry around. When printing out the leaflet, you may find that it prints best if you scale it to fit A4 paper rather than printing at 100%, but the result will also depend on your make of printer, so it's worth experimenting.

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If you have problems with using the PDF file above, here's the new smear guide as an ordinary webpage:

Smears without tears: a woman's guide to making a speculum examination more comfortable