The My Body Back Project

We offer cervical screening, contraceptive care, STI testing and maternity care for people who’ve experienced sexual violence.

FAQs

There are no appointments available on your website – can I join a waiting list?

Absolutely! We have waiting lists for each individual appointment and you can join as many as you like. The system is automated, so if someone cancels their appointment, you’ll get an email offering it to you for a limited time before it’s offered to the next person on the list.

When will new appointments be available?

New appointments are usually launched at the end of December, but keep an eye on our social media channels for updates – that’s where we’ll announce new appointments first.

What if I’m on my period?

That’s totally fine. You’ll often hear that it’s not ideal to have your period during cervical screening, but we know you’ll have booked your appointment far ahead of time and our schedule won’t fit everyone’s cycle. Our team is highly experienced and will do everything they can to get the sample they need.

I’m a social worker, key worker or healthcare provider – can I refer a client?

Yes, of course. You can make an appointment on their behalf through our booking system.

Will your workshops be coming back?

We hope so! All workshops are closed during the pandemic and we’ll re-evaluate when it’s safe to gather again. In the meantime, we’re working on putting lots of resources and key information online, so you can access them any time, anywhere.

I don’t live in London or Glasgow – can I still attend? Or are there any equivalent organisations elsewhere?

Any UK resident can come to our London clinics and any Scottish resident can attend our Glasgow clinic.

While we don’t know of any equivalent organisations, we’d love to hear about them if you find one, so please let us know!

If you’re not able to attend one of our clinics, you might prefer to book cervical screening at a sexual health clinic instead of your GP. If you can, tell them (in whatever way works best for you) something about your experience or what your needs are. That way, they’ll know to pair you with a practitioner who understands your situation, which is quite different from the way it’s done at a GP’s surgery.

Can I volunteer with MBB?

We do need volunteers sometimes, and we always post on our social media channels when we’re hoping to recruit them, so please keep an eye on them for updates.

Can I donate or fundraise for MBB?

While we’re really touched to hear that you’d like to donate or fundraise for us, we no longer operate as a charity, so we don’t accept funding. If you’d like to donate to a charity we work closely with, we always recommend the wonderful Rape Crisis.

I haven’t been sexually assaulted but I’ve had a traumatic experience that makes it very difficult to get my test done. Can I attend your clinic?

While our clinics are designed to cater to people who have experienced sexual violence, we will never ask you to tell us about the abuse you experienced – it’s totally up to you if and how you want to disclose it.

If you find cervical screening challenging due to experiences other than sexual violence, we recommend looking for a good sexual health clinic and telling them, in whatever way works best for you, something about your experience. That way, they’ll know to pair you with a practitioner who understands your situation, which can be quite different from the way it’s done at a GP’s surgery.

I can’t attend your clinic – do you have any advice on getting through my appointment with my GP?

We do. Have a look at our Resources pages, where you’ll find our app, which is full of advice on preparing for and completing your appointment with a GP or nurse.

I’m worried about my appointment. Can I speak to someone beforehand?

Of course you can. Just email us at bookings@mybodybackproject.com to talk to Friya, our MBB Clinic Coordinator.