A few weeks back I told you about the fantastic new service available from GynaeHealth to test for HPV in us ladies. The GynaeCheck is an at-home self-screener and can help avoid the problems that commonly arise when you are due your smear test. I admitted that I am due mine and have yet to book the appointment as I always forget when I last had a period and then get confused as to when I should have the test.
I was lucky enough to be able to test out the kit and been screened for HPV. I am so relieved to tell you that I am completely free of the HPV virus this time around and hopefully this will continue to be the case for the rest of my life. HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer and so to be free of the virus means you are almost completely free of the risk of developing cervical cancer.
Today marks the launch of a fantastic campaign- Target 100,000 which aims to get 100 thousand women checked over the next year who may otherwise have missed their smear tests for varying reasons. Actually up to 1 million women a year miss their tests- can you believe that? You may be one of those women (and I of course am one who is delaying it!) but why do we do it?
Time– whether you work full time or just forget to ring for an appointment, there never seems to be enough time!
Pain– Smear tests can often cause discomfort, I have had a couple of bad experiences and it does make me less inclined to have another test done.
Embarrassment– It isn’t the most glamorous of situations is it? You may just be shy or you may be have had a traumatic experience happen to you which means you just don’t like other people seeing you in a compromising position.
GynaeHealth is hoping to take all of these issues away with the ease of being able to perform your own test in the comfort of your own home, in your own time. They want to reach a target of 100,000 women, just 10% of the usual missed tests each year.
GynaeCheck is available for women over 25 and can be bought for £129 online. It may at first seem a little expensive but remember, there is still the national screening program. This is an alternative for those who just cannot use the free program for whatever the reason. It also works out at 17p a day if you spread it over the 2 years until you need another test.
What do you think? Is it an option you are likely to use?