A new alternative for pap smears is being rolled out across Australia.

Following the decision for HPV testing to replace traditional pap smears, new DIY methods have been created in an effort to ensure more women are tested and to reduce the number of women falling victim to cervical cancer.

While it still requires a doctor’s visit, women can now go to the bathroom and privately collect a sample with the method described as easy and painless as “putting a tampon in.”

“It is important to understand that this isn’t something you do at home,”  said Deborah Bateson, the medical director at Family Planning NSW.

“You can do this in the privacy of the bathroom or behind the screen. Women can have that sample collected and their GP can send it off to their lab.”

It’s already clear the new testing method will save lives: a report published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that if 100,000 previously unscreened women did the DIY test once, at the age of 30, 364 cancer deaths would be prevented.

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  • Oh gosh. If I ahve to go to the Docs anyway then they can do it. They really have seen it all before and I really dont care


  • I’m happy to have my pap smear with my doctor – don’t like the alternative.


  • I have no issue with having a pap smear at my doctor’s – the alternative is something I don’t want.


  • I regularly have a pap smear with a female doctor who visits the surgery once a month.


  • Happy to have one with my GP as well as all of the other checks. The do it yourself test has to go to the GP anyway. There is nothing awkward about a pap smear – just prevention.


  • I always keep up-to-date with my pap smears and have no issue with having them. I’m more concerned at the frequency. We’re going from a pap smear every 2 years, to one every 5 years. That seems a little concerning for me.


  • Seems like a good idea, cheers.


  • Thank goodness. Anything that improves the pap smear is welcome by me.


  • Although they are horrible and embarrassing I think it’s better if the Dr does them, to look for other things.


  • At some Medical Centres the Practise Nurse (Registered Nurse) does them, not the GP


  • Oh yes, I like the idea of a DIY pap smear very much. Would all Gp’s have these DIY test available ?


  • I think this would make alot more women get one done as it isnt as embarrassing for them.


  • Its kind of reassuring that everything gets checked out while the doctor is in there. I hate pap smears but its still necessary.


  • I don’t mind having a normal one. No need for a DIY.
    Actually in January I had the new pap-smear with my GP. Everything went fine so I don’t need to have another one for 5 years, compared to the previous 2. Amazing!

    • I have no issue either – it is an excellent opportunity for a complete check up which includes breast examination too.


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