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Why I Removed My Womb- Nse Ikpe-Etim

Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim,  has opened up on why she got her womb removed.

The award-winning actress while speaking at an event tagged “Conversation With Nse” in Lekki,  Lagos said she won’t be able to have a kid because she was diagnosed with Adenomyosis, a medical condition whereby the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus, three years ago.

Adenomyosis is a gynecologic medical condition in which the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus (the myometrium).

 

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"Judging is a lazy use of your intellect" – @femijacobs . It's always so easy to think that you're better off than the next person. When I sit with you and we talk, it's never judgemental. It's never vile. We get cross, we laugh, but in all, we let love rule. When you bare your soul, it's the good ones who listen and actually hear you. Femi thank you so much for being that one person that kept reminding me that it was okay to be, do and accept just who I was. Thank you for being such an amazing friend and for taking out time off your busy schedule to moderate this conversation. I know you're filming and you're also preparing for your own event but you didn't say no despite that. The audience loved you and I'm sure they'll also be watching you by 3pm on @channelstelevision ‘s Rubbin' Minds today. #ConversationsWithNse #thisisnotamasterclass

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Ikpe-Etim told the audience that she was diagnosed with the disease three years ago and that she cried when the doctor said she would have to remove her uterus to live a normal life.

“I was told I couldn’t have kids. And so, I had to have a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) to make me have a life again and to stop going through what I was going through. And I’m literally telling women and men, it really doesn’t matter if you can’t bear children. What really matters is what you would do for the world, for the universe,” she said.

“When I was first told by the doctor that I would have to remove my womb to live a normal life, tears dropped and then my husband squeezed my hand.

“It was reassuring that there was someone there and it was telling me that this is reality, my reality. The ordeal made me fall into depression.

“I didn’t think there was any point anymore because my society taught me that I have to be a mother to be appreciated and every time I went online, I would have one troll or two say ‘you never born? But I’m thankful that that didn’t break me.”

The award-winning movie star, who came into prominence in 2008 for her role in ‘Reloaded’, also took to her Instagram account to say that “a few days ago, I found myself in the hospital surrounded by doctors and nurses who stopped at nothing to give me the best care.”

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#TGIF: Thank God I'm Fine You never quite know how to appreciate everything you've got, until you're losing it. A few days ago, I found myself in the hospital surrounded by doctors and nurses (happy international nurses week btw) who stopped at nothing to give me the best care. The care that goes into what they do is simply phenomenal. I kept crying because I didn't know how to give my worry to them but I know that's their job so I should let go. A point comes when you ask yourself "I do take care of myself so why do I fall ill? The body never has the right answers. But I do know that we need to learn to listen to our bodies and understand how our bodies functions. When you feel unwell, don't ignore it because you have work or things that will stop when you drop. That's the key to a healthy living. To my friends and family who made me laugh during this period, thank you. To the staff of First Cardiologist Consultants Ikoyi and Eura Care, thank you. Cheers to the weekend and don't forget that @heavenshellofficialmovie is officially out in the cinemas nationwide. You all need to watch this film. I will be at Genesis Cinemas at The Palms Mall V.I by 7:20pm today for a meet and greet. Come around guys. #TGIF #HeavensHell #Health #Wellness #NseIkpeEtim #SilentTsunami #Weekend #Grateful #LoveAndLight #friday #friyaay #amethystapartments. 💼 @nicholebyhaguanna

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“The care that goes into what they do is simply phenomenal. I kept crying because I didn’t know how to give my worry to them but I know that’s their job so I should let go,” she wrote.

“A point comes when you ask yourself “I do take care of myself so why do I fall ill? The body never has the right answers. But I do know that we need to learn to listen to our bodies and understand how our bodies functions. When you feel unwell, don’t ignore it because you have work or things that will stop when you drop. That’s the key to a healthy living.

“To my friends and family who made me laugh during this period, thank you. To the staff of First Cardiologist Consultants Ikoyi and Eura Care, thank you.”

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