The Amara Clinic offers specialist assessment of cervical problems, expert cervical smear testing and well-woman screening to prevent cervical cancer and protect your future health.
If you need a cervical smear or are worried about symptoms, The Amara Clinic's specialist team can assess your symptoms, examine your cervix and take diagnostic tests in a safe, comfortable and stress-free environment.
What are cervical problems?
Cervical problems are disorders of the cervix or the neck of the womb, and they range from mild but irritating to very serious. If you are concerned about your gynaecological health, The Amara Clinic can help. Cervical problems include:
- Cervical polyps: Polyps are small, non-cancerous growth that can cause pain, bleeding after sex, heavy periods and a discharge.
- Cervical erosions: An erosion or ectropion happens when cells from inside the cervix spread onto the outside. They’re often caused by hormonal changes such as the pill or pregnancy. An erosion is harmless but can cause bleeding, especially after sex.
- Cervical cysts: Cervical cysts are usually Nabothian cysts, which are fluid-filled swellings in the cervix; they usually cause no symptoms and require no treatment.
- Infections: Infections of the cervix are usually transmitted through sexual intercourse. The most common STIs affecting the cervix are chlamydia and gonorrhoea, which are linked to cervicitis or inflammation of the cervix. Symptoms include an unpleasant discharge, pelvic pain and bleeding. Infections need prompt and effective treatment to prevent pelvic infection and fertility problems.
- Pre-cancerous changes of the cervix: Cervical smear tests examine the cells which line the neck of the womb. They can identify abnormalities before cancer develops. Pre-cancerous changes don't usually cause symptoms, which is why smear tests are so necessary. By picking up a problem early, any abnormal cells can be destroyed and the risk of cancer is hugely reduced.
- Cervical cancer: Cervical cancer affects 3,000 women in the UK every year. It can cause pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, bleeding after sex and bleeding between periods or after the menopause. It can also cause pain during intercourse, discharge and pain in your lower back.