Nse Ikpe Etim Removes Womb ” I Can’t Have Children Anymore, My Uterus Was Removed To Save My Life
Nollywood Actress Nse Ikpe Etim Womb Removed After Adenomyosis Diagnosis
Popular Nollywood actress Nke Ikpe Etim can no longer bear children.
At a recent event, the actress narrated how she was diagnosed with Adenomyosis, a condition that necessitated the removal of her uterus in order to live again.
Her uterus was removed 3 years ago.
Here is touching story:
“I was told I couldn’t have kids,” she said to the now sombre audience.
“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 literarily 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.”
Recalling the moment when the doctor told her she’d have to have remove her uterus to live a normal life, Nse said:
“Tears dropped and then my husband squeezed my hand. It was reassuring there was someone there and it was telling me that this is reality, my reality.”
She fell into a 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.”
She is however appreciative of her acting career.
“I’m thankful for Nollywood,” she said.
“I push my pain through every single character.”
Nse revealed that prior to the hysterectomy, she badly wanted to have children.
“I wanted a set of twins,” she said boisterously.
“I wanted children. I wanted so badly I was brooding forever. I did IVF. I tried. I did everything our society wants every woman to do so that we can be accepted as women.”
She however described as “crazy” how some media reports speculated on her being pregnant.
Her sobering story got some members of audience shedding tears. And each time, it happened, she hugged and comforted them.
“If I registered a foundation, I would look into women like me who are questioning that they are no longer women because they can’t bear children, women who are marginalised because they suffer one way or the other,” she said.
“There’s so much that we go through that nobody sees but yet we smile. I’m not saying men don’t go through it. Men have to struggle because there’s so much pressure on the man.”
But going forward, Nse who disclosed she has embraced her pain is set to use her star power to affect lives.
“I think I want to affect the world positively,” she said
“Mentorship… I would want to do that. I want to do it because the creators of the internet failed us, that’s why I want to do it. When they let it out, they didn’t know what it was.”