An unsatisfactory result

If the result of your Cervical Screening Test (the Pap test replacement*) was ‘unsatisfactory’, it does not mean there is something wrong. An unsatisfactory result means your sample could not be tested properly by the laboratory.

It is important to repeat the test in six to twelve weeks.

What happens if my test result is unsatisfactory?

If your Cervical Screening Test result is unsatisfactory, you’ll be asked to come back for another Cervical Screening Test in six to twelve weeks.

This will allow enough time for the cells in your cervix to renew, so another sample can be taken.

If you undertook self-collection, you may need to have a Cervical Screening Test with support from a health professional next time.

Diagram identifying cells of the cervix and the transformation zone

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NCSP image of cells in cervix

*In December 2017, the Cervical Screening Test replaced the Pap test as the method of screening women to prevent cervical cancer in Australia.