Popular Nollywood Actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim, has removed her Uterus (womb) in order to live a normal life, she said.
Africa News24 (AN24) actress said she was diagnosed three years ago with Adenomyosis, a condition whereby the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus.
Ikpe-Etim said she had to remove her uterus in accordance with the advice of the doctor.
She said: “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.”
Ikpe-Etim recalled the moment the doctor told her she would have to remove her uterus to live a normal life, noting that: “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.”
According to the actress: “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 added even as she expressed excitement about her acting career, saying: “I’m thankful for Nollywood.
“I push my pain through every single character,” she said.
The actress 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. Femi, I did IVF. I tried. Femi, I did everything our society wants every woman to do so that we can be accepted as women,” she opined.