I have had a hysterectomy – why am I still being invited for screening?

Sometimes Cervical Screening Wales (CSW) does not know that you have had a hysterectomy, so they continue to invite you for screening. Your GP can inform CSW about your hysterectomy and we can then stop your screening invitations.

A hysterectomy removes the uterus (womb) and this usually includes the cervix (neck of the womb). This is called a ‘total hysterectomy’. Sometimes the cervix may be left in place – this is called a subtotal hysterectomy. If you have had a sub-total hysterectomy, you should continue having cervical screening tests as usual up to the age of 65 years. Your doctor will be able to tell you what type of hysterectomy you have had.

After a total hysterectomy you would not normally need any further screening tests. Sometimes a further screening test is recommended. Your gynaecologist will tell you if you need this.