Tips to assist you

Pap tests can be a little awkward, but there are some things you can do to make it easier.

Find a doctor or nurse you are comfortable with

The most important thing you can do to make sure you have a good experience is to find a doctor or nurse you are comfortable with to take your Pap test.

  • Talk to friends or family members to see if they can recommend a good Pap test provider.

  • You may also like a friend to come to the appointment with you.

  • Many women prefer to have their Pap test taken by a female. You can find a female doctor or nurse close to where you live or work by using our Pap test provider directory.

  • Many clinics will book a double appointment if they are aware the appointment is for a Pap test, which allows more time to discuss any concerns you may have. You may like to mention that the appointment is for a Pap test when you call the clinic.

  • If you are unsure about the Pap test and how it works, ask your doctor or nurse to talk you through it first.

Remember - if you feel uncomfortable, you can stop the Pap test at any time.

Let the clinic know about any special needs

Make sure you tell the clinic about any special needs you have when you book the appointment, for instance:

  • An interpreter

  • Sign interpreter

  • A clinic where your language is spoken

  • A clinic with disability access.

If clinics have any of these services available, it is usually listed in our Pap test provider directory.

You can also call the Cancer Council on 13 11 20 to access this information.

If you need help accessing this information in a language other than English, call TIS on 13 14 50 and ask to be connected to the Cancer Council on 13 11 20 and an interpreter will help you speak to a nurse.

Cancer Council Helpline