Clinic offering cervical screening (smear tests), contraceptive care, and STI screening exclusively for women who have experienced rape or sexual violence.
We understand how difficult, triggering and traumatic a smear test can be for anyone who's experienced sexual violence. That's why we've created a very different kind of clinic, just for you. It's delivered within a warm, welcoming, understanding space for you to spend time in.
Before the consultation, you can wait in our waiting area where there may be other patients waiting for other appointments. If you are not comfortable with this, you can wait in your car and call us; we will then bring you to the consultation as soon as possible.
Our appointments last a full hour, giving you plenty of time to relax, meet the team and decide how you'd like to proceed with the appointment. You can attend our service if your experience of sexual violence was more than a year before your appointment and your smear test is either due or overdue. We'll never ask you to tell us about your experience – that's totally up to you. We can if you wish also talk about contraception and testing for sexually transmitted infections.
Our waiting area might not be quite as cosy as we would like, but we'll do our very best to provide some refreshments and magazines.
The MyBodyMySmear clinic is run by an all-female team, working to make you feel comfortable and empowered. Everyone is trained to work with people who have experienced sexual violence, so you can rest assured that they're ready to understand what you'd like to do and how. You can talk about everything you need to tell us, from body positions you don't like and places you don't want to be touched, whether you would like to insert the speculum yourself, to phrases you'd prefer us not to use. We'll honour all your requests.
Our clinician will then talk through the test with you. You don't have to do the test on your first visit (or your second, or your third!) and no one will push you to do anything you're not comfortable with. It's your body and your appointment; we're there to look after you and to facilitate the test whenever you feel ready.
When your appointment is over, you can relax in our waiting area for as long as you like, or head home right away. It's entirely up to you.
After the test
This is a confidential service and we will not notify your GP that you have attended MyBodyMySmear unless you want us to do so.The result of the smear test will be sent to your home address and to your GP by the NHS board. The GP will get notification that the location of the smear test was the sexual health clinic (not MyBodyMySmear).
Breathe in through the nose to the count of 5.
Breathe out through the mouth to the count of 5.
Don't pause between the inhale and exhale, so that it's like a wave coming in and out in a gentle circular motion.
This is centring, evoking a sense of calm; it is soothing and helps to keep you in the present moment.
Where the breath goes, attention follows.
For more self-help tools go to:
Rape Crisis Scotland
Helpline: 08088 01 03 02 daily 5pm-midnight
Text support: 07537 410 027 daily 5pm-midnight
If you are in danger, call 999
Women's Aid Scotland
Helpline: 0800 027 1234 open 24/7
Helpline: 0800 83 85 87 24hrs at weekends; 6pm–2am weekdays
Phone: 111 open 24/7