Can I have a cervical screening test when I am pregnant?
Short answer? Yes.
*Spoiler alert - it is safe to have a CST when you're pregnant*
When is the optimal time to get a CST or pap smear?
Short answer? When your next one is scheduled.
In the podcast we go through some explainers of CST, and expand on the answers above. I know Podcasts are meant to be about true crime, I know, not paps smears and pregnancy, but this topic is too important not to soar up the podcast charts!
The benefits of being on top of CST ( the new form of pap smear) far outweigh the uncomfortable bits. In the past five years, the way CST are undertaken have changed so CST is a really good topic to add to your list of questions to ask your GP.
For information on how a CST works visit here
Some extra information from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
This episode is fact-checked and supported by www.familyhq.com.au - thanks Liz and Sarah.