Loose Women's Nadia Sawalha: 'I'll take my daughter along to my next smear test'


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Loose Women presenter Nadia Sawalha has revealed she is considering taking her daughter with her to her next smear test in an effort to tackle the taboo around cervical screening.

The actress appeared on the drive show with Eamonn Holmes to discuss a Loose Women campaign encouraging more women to have the test done, as attendance at appointments continues to fall across the UK.

"I'm just thinking I might take my daughter [to my next smear test]," Sawalha said.



"My oldest daughter saw her youngest sister being born, so why not. There's not shame in it, it's just like anything else."

A cervical screening test, also known as a smear test, involves collecting cells from the surface of the cervix using a small brush. It usually takes five minutes to carry out.


'Grow up not being embarassed'

"If your child goes in and you say 'That's what mummy has done to make sure I'm healthy on the inside as well as the outside' and take all that embarassment, she will grow up not being embarassed and just go and ask for her right, which is to have a smear," Sawalha added.

"If you can have the conversation around kids it's good. If you grow up just expecting this is something you do to look after yourself, well that's fantastic."

She continued: "I don't mind her seeing me exercise or eat well, or look after my mental health, All these things, we have to just get rid of all the embarassment."