Who needs the smear?
Cervical smears are for healthy women. Changes in the cervix can happen without you noticing any symptoms or feeling any pain. These changes need to be treated before they develop into cancer.
Women who have ever had sexual experience and are between the ages of 25 and 64 should have regular cervical smears, no matter you are single or married. If you are over 64 and have never had a cervical smear, or are unsure, you should talk to your doctor about having one. Even if you no longer have periods, have not had sexual experience for many years or had sterilization, you should still have a cervical smear. Women who have had total hysterectomy done (surgical removal of the entire uterus) or who have never had sexual experience do not need cervical screening. If you are not certain, please consult your doctor.