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Anyone had a smear test recently?

(26 Posts)
Comps83 Tue 14-Mar-17 16:59:09

If so how long did you wait for the results as it's been three weeks and I'm sick of rushing home to nothing and I don't remember waiting this long before. Starting to stress me out.

LavenderRains Wed 15-Mar-17 20:44:57

I think mine took a week. Why don't you ring the surgery and ask them as they also get a copy. I'm sure no news is good news!

anyoldname76 Wed 15-Mar-17 20:49:54

mine took about 3 weeks just b4 Christmas, the way id see it is that they'd ring you if something was urgent

Mysillydog Wed 15-Mar-17 22:04:19

About 2 weeks - and I got an inadequate sample so I have the joy of a repeat test in a few months. I'm not too worried about the results because I think I'm low risk.

I would wait four weeks and then chase it in case your results have got lost.

Privateandconfidentialplease Wed 15-Mar-17 22:06:17

Mine took 2 weeks last month. I would call the surgery as your letter may have just got lost.

WinkyisbackontheButterBeer Wed 15-Mar-17 22:08:06

A week here too. I would ring your surgery to see if they have the results.

DottyGiraffe Wed 15-Mar-17 22:10:09

6 weeks!
Was told 2 because they were taking longer (usually has been a week) but it took 6.

TwatteryFlowers Wed 15-Mar-17 22:42:18

I had one at Christmas and it took about month.

CoffeeCoffeeAndLotsOfIt Wed 15-Mar-17 23:01:04

Mine took 2-3 weeks. I was starting to get concerned. The letter arrived last week - so v recently. All fine.

Twopeapods Wed 15-Mar-17 23:06:15

Our area says 4-6 weeks but it took about 3. Nurse said it depends on workload at the time.
I would ting surgery and ask.

Meandyouandyouandme Wed 15-Mar-17 23:08:59

I was told 3 weeks, and it was nearly four. I'd forgotten to be honest, but it's not good to wait too long if you are worried.

ageingrunner Wed 15-Mar-17 23:14:13

Not recently, but it usually takes about 3 weeks. I'm going for one in a couple of weeks anyway.

Ehsamy Thu 16-Mar-17 00:55:37

I was wondering where mine was so I rang GP surgery. They had the results on screen.

MrsCobain Thu 16-Mar-17 01:36:48

Maybe be took four days!! I'm in the States though and it cost a shit ton so maybe it was a more advanced test.

MrsCobain Thu 16-Mar-17 01:37:14

Mine not maybe. It was possibly even 3 days!

Brokenbutbreathing Thu 16-Mar-17 02:25:18

(In the U.K.) about a month. Had forgotten all about it!

BradleyPooper Thu 16-Mar-17 03:26:49

I had an envelope in my mailbox within 3 days .... also in the USA. It's normal here to have one every year too but I wonder if that's a money making scheme by the medical centers and labs....

MrsCobain Thu 16-Mar-17 11:15:53

That's interesting Bradley, they say every 3 or 4 years where I am!

ILikeyourHairyHands Thu 16-Mar-17 11:21:19

I had one on Valentine's Day (romantic) and got the results last week, so just over three weeks here, the nurse did say if there were any irregularities the clinic would contact me directly which I imagine would have happened sooner, so I guess no news is good news!

BelaLug0si Thu 16-Mar-17 23:46:41

The sample taker should really tell you at your appointment what the turnaround time currently is, so you know when you should get your result.
Some labs are taking 6-7 weeks because there's a shortage of trained staff.
Contrary to peoples' views, abnormal results don't get reported any quicker - this is because until someone looks at the sample, no-one knows if the cells on it are abnormal.
Once your sample has been prepared (the cells are processed with dyes to make them easier to read and put onto a glass slide), the slides wait their turn to be read. It's different to other pathology tests like blood samples which get loaded onto machines and then it can be releasing the results that takes time.
They are usually done in date taken order, i.e. the oldest ones first.
If you do have an abnormality found in your sample, and it needs investigation, that's when you may hear a bit quicker as the colposcopy clinics like to get people booked.

OP - suggest you ring your surgery and ask what the current turnaround time is for your lab. They should have this information.

ohmygodyouguys Thu 16-Mar-17 23:50:19

I had my test last week, was told results could be up to six weeks but was usually sooner. They've always come within a few weeks though.

Comps83 Tue 21-Mar-17 18:18:47

So results finally came back normal, but no HPV result though?

KingIrving Tue 21-Mar-17 19:19:32

No news , good news. I had one 10 days ago and my GP called me yesterday because it was abnormal.

terrylene Tue 21-Mar-17 20:18:29

So results finally came back normal, but no HPV result though?

They will only do the HPV test if the cytology is borderline - HPV triage. Unless you are in a test area for Primary HPV testing. Primary HPV testing everywhere should be brought in some time around 2019. phescreening.blog.gov.uk/2017/01/31/deciding-how-best-to-roll-out-hpv-testing-as-the-primary-cervical-screening-test/

Comps83 Tue 21-Mar-17 21:10:04

Nurse deffo said they tested for HPV. but nothing on the letter, just said come back in three years. I still live in the same area and last test had negative HPV result.

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