Courtney Green Praised For Filming Her Smear Test On 'TOWIE'
The 24-year-old reality star allowed cameras to join her in the doctor's surgery as she underwent the simple procedure in a bid to break stigma and act as an example to any fans watching.
Joined by best friend Chloe Meadows, Courtney admitted she was nervous at first, but afterwards revealed that the treatment hadn't been so bad after all.
Lying on the bed with a sheet over the lower half of her body, a nurse instructed Courtney to put her legs up before explaining what she was about to do.
"The reason we are doing it, we are looking for abnormalities in the cells in the cervix.
"It takes longer to set it up than it does to do it so please don't worry," she said.
With the speculum in her hand, the nurse explained: "This is the speculum, it feels a little cold and it will be a little uncomfortable but tell me if you find it too uncomfortable.Try and relax."
The procedure was over in mere seconds, with Courtney telling Chloe in the aftermath: "It really wasn't that bad, I can't believe I have done it."
Laughing Chloe joked: "Well done to Courtney's vagina!," before proposing a celebratory trip to get some wine and some ice cream.
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And it was well deserved, seeing as afterwards, Courtney was flooded with messages from TOWIE fans commending her for documenting the procedure and hopefully helping to prevent future cases of cervical cancer.
"As a practice nurse I can't thank you enough for raising awareness @courtneymegz," one Instagram follower wrote.
While another added: "Well done for using your platform to raise awareness. It's so important to have this very quick and painless procedure and if even 1 person goes and has this done thanks to your post it's worth it."
A third agreed: "Well done, it takes a lot of courage to be filmed having a very personal private thing done to help others".
Courtney shared a clip of the moment on her Instagram story as it aired, writing: "This is what i use my platform for, raising awareness.
"Tonight's @towie i get my first cervical screening it's something i was so worried about but i promise it really wasn't bad at all and i can't stress enough how important it is to have it done, i have done this for every woman to see that it's not that scary and it can prevent cervical cancer.
"You might all think im always in with the drams but this right here is what im really about (sic)".
While Big Brother star Jade Goody caused a huge increase in the amount of women going for cervical screenings after her tragic death in 2009, sadly, the amount of women getting tests is now falling year on year.
In fact, in 2018, it was the lowest it has been in 21 years - since 1997.
Cervical cancer screenings are available on the NHS for women aged 25 or over, and take just minutes to get done at your doctors or a local sexual health centre.
You've got to commend Courtney for using her platform so positively and attempting to break the stigma. You go, girl.
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