Ballymahon model Maura Higgins
She got the nation talking about fanny flutters and now Maura Higgins is getting people talking about cervical smear tests and the importance of ending a fear of going for your smear.
On Twitter this morning, she encouraged women to start talking about their vaginas, cervixes and smear tests in a bid to #EndSmearFear for those who are anxious about getting a smear test.
Smear tests aren't always easy so let’s help #EndSmearFear by talking more about them. I got the nation talking about Fanny Flutters now let's do the same with vaginas, cervixes and smear tests! Starting with a hunt for our favourite vagina emoji. Mine is definitely— Maura Higgins (@MauraHiggins) September 16, 2019
Twitter has responded in an overwhelmingly positive way in the last few hours with almost a thousand retweets and well over seven thousand likes at the time of writing this post.
That's before you even look at the comments that have been posted in response.
good woman ! Using your platform for good x— Sarah (@carolindanielle) September 16, 2019
For those if you who have never had a smear test . Yes it's embarrassing yes it's uncomfortable but it's a few mins of your day and every dr/nurse that has carried out mine have been amazing professional and sensitive to the situation . The thought of it is worse than the moment— PAULINE DANE (@POLLIDEE) September 16, 2019
My smear test saved my life!! I was diagnosed with Stage 1b Cervical Cancer.... after a Radical Hysterectomy at the world famous The Christie Hospital I am now 5 years Cancer free!! .... so come on ladies get yourself booked in for ur smear tests xx— lorraine lealand (@lorrainelealand) September 16, 2019
Good on you & thank you @MauraHiggins - next biggest thing now is for the government to make the changes required in the hse so we don’t have any more horrendous cases that could have been prevented. #endsmearfear #MondayMotivation #smear @LeoVaradkar— Laura O'Leary (@theoriginallol) September 16, 2019
Fair f*cks to you for using your social media status (Longford's most popular person ever) to highlight such an important issue.— Barry Carmody (@barros_maximus) September 16, 2019