Shaughna Phillips contracted HPV and wants women to book their smears

Ex Lover Islander Shaughna Phillips is known for her unfiltered honesty and she’s recently opened up on about going into hospital for a colposcopy after contracting HPV (AKA human papilloma virus) earlier this year.

HPV is contracted via genital contact, and if not treated can cause cervical cancer and genital warts, so the reality star is using her experience to encourage other women to get checked. After attending a cervical screening test, Shaughna was invited back to hospital to have a colposcopy done – a colposcopy checks for abnormal cells in the cervix. She’s now urging other women to book their smear tests.

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Shaughna shared a photo of the hospital ward in her Stories to her 1.4 millions followers, along with the caption: ‘Sun day fun day? So I said I would be sharing my experience with you all and currently I’m sh**ting my pants. Still screaming for ladies to book their smears!’

‘A few weeks ago I told you all that I was having my routine three year smear test, and urged anyone who’s missed their appointment or thinks they’re overdue to book,’ she said on Instagram. ‘Yesterday I received my results and have had changes to some of the cells called “borderline changes” that require further examination. I also tested HPV positive.’

She continued: ‘There’s certain language used that I didn’t realise I still have a hard time hearing “biopsy, any word ending with “oscopy”, and of course, cancer” are all associated with extreme trauma for me, so reading them in a letter addressed to me really really knocked me.’ Shaughna had a breast cancer scare back in 2017 when she found a lump in her breast just months after her dad died from pancreatic cancer. When she went to the doctors to get it checked, it turned out that it was a blocked milk duct.

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Shaughna continued about her recent colposcopy experience: ‘Of course I was absolutely terrified initially, and although everyone I’ve spoke to has reassured me how common this is, it is still scary.’

She spent the rest of her Sunday chilling and recovering, although she also said that she was looked after by three nurses ‘who were so lovely and made me feel looked after.’

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