Vagina Museum tells health secretary that self-sampling swabs testing for the Human Papillomavirus Virus are not the same as full cervical screening.
Initially, the testing kits will go to some women aged 25-64 who are 15 months overdue a check.
Here's how to protect yourself and the symptoms to look out for.
Lucy Pasha-Robinson chats with comedian and cervical cancer awareness activist Karen Hobbs. In this episode, we’re doing things slightly differently – we’re talking about cancer, which is often seen as an acute condition. But as this week’s guest explains, in many ways its effects can be chronic – from living with life-altering sensations, surgery complications, and the long term psychological impact of facing up to your mortality – including learning to cope with a fear of recurrence.
Karen Hobbs shares five things she’s discovered about self-pleasure since having gynaecological surgery. Listen and subscribe to Chronic with HuffPost UK's Lucy Pasha-Robinson.
"For someone like me, those months were really quite crucial," says one cervical cancer survivor.
As well as coming to terms with having cancer, I had to contend with how I was going to tell people I had cancer because of a virus I got through sex, writes Kristen.
Could at-home swab tests pave the way for better uptake in cervical screening?
Watching Sinead Tinker die at just 25 will be raw and difficult for me – but that’s exactly why we should all watch, writes Emily Doyle.
The reality star urged other women to take up their appointments: "I can't stress how important it is and it really isn't bad."