The age for smear tests is 25 and can be done by either a female or male doctor/nurse/gyno but you can request a female.
You remove your clothes and underwear (from the bottom half only) and lay on your back on the bed.
The nurse will then ask you to spread your knees and pull your feet up towards your butt (or at least thats what I was asked to do). They will use an instrument called a speculum (made of plastic) to open the vagina enough to see the cervix. The speculum will be lubricated beforehand and you can ask for the smallest size.
The nurse will ask you to relax and when you’re ready, will insert the speculum and slowly widen it. Using a soft miniscule brush, they will gently sweep it around the cervix area in order to collect a sample. This kind of feels like a pinching period pain sensation. She will remove the speculum and allow you privacy to get dressed.
The teat is fairly straight forward but can be unpleasent/uncomfortable/scary or painful or you may not be able to relax properly.
Every woman is different and some have previous trauma that makes these tests very difficult. It is important to discuss any concerns with the nurse beforehand and during so they can have a better understanding, and you can ask the nurse to stop at any time.
If you need any more info there are plenty of sites you can use and one in particular (Jo’s Trust) is quite useful. The link is :
I believe I took my bra off for the measuring in the shop but in M&S I always wear a simple things shirt bra and they measure around that, it really depends but I don't notice a difference haha
As for smear tests:
aged 25 to 49 – every 3 years
aged 50 to 64 – every 5 years
So you'd have your first one at 25 or sooner if you need it as a ruling out procedure
How it should done is you usually undress your bottom half and get on a table, they cover a sheet over you and you bend your knees and put them in some stirrups.
They usually have a feel up there a lubricated gloved finger first, and use a speculum(you can google that to see) to open you up and have a look inside, if it's a smear they will also swab you for possible abnormal cells.
That's about it really xo