Participating or not
You decide whether or not to participate. Participating in the population screening is free. As with any medical examination, the population screening also has advantages and disadvantages. The government offers this population screening because the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. This may be different for you personally.
You should decide yourself whether you wish to participate
Participation in the health screening is free of charge. As with any other medical examination, there are advantages and disadvantages to the health screening. The government offers this health screening because the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. This could be different for you personally.
Participating later or not participating
You cannot participate if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby. You can participate from six months after the birth. There are also other medical reasons for postponing or not participating. This includes if you have had your cervix removed. If you are uncertain, please consult your GP.
Participate later or deregister? You can indicate this via My Health Screening. You will need your DigiD to log in. You can also contact us by phone or e-mail. We will process your deregistration anonymously: your name will not be used.
If you have deregistered for a non-medical reason and you would like to participate again at a later date, that’s no problem. You can indicate this via My Health Screening. You will need your DigiD to log in. You can also contact our information line.
Visit your GP if you have symptoms
If you have any signs or symptoms of cervical cancer, such as an unusual discharge or unexpected blood spotting, do not wait for the cervical screening, but make an appointment with your GP to discuss this.
Frequently asked questions
I no longer wish to receive an invitation. Is that an option?
Yes, that’s an option. You can deregister so that you no longer receive any invitations for future cervical screenings. You can do this via My Health Screening, using your DigiD. You can also contact us by phone or e-mail. We need your signature to finalise your deregistration.
I received an invitation three years ago but I didn’t participate. Can I still participate in the screening?
Yes, that’s an option. Contact the information line, they can send you a new invitation.
Can I have a smear test if I’m on my period?
No, that’s not possible. Blood in the smear test makes analysis difficult.