44-year-old Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim has revealed why she won’t be able to bear a child for the rest of her life because she doesn’t have a womb (uterus)
Nse while giving a speech at an event tagged “Conversation With Nse” in Lekki, the actress revealed to her listeners that she was diagnosed with Adenomyosis three-years ago, a condition whereby the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus. It can cause menstrual discomfort, lower abdominal distress, and bloating before menstrual periods and can result in heavy periods.
The actress said,
“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 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.”
Narrating how she felt when the doctor first told her that she would have to remove her uterus to live a normal life, she 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.”
Explaining further, she revealed that the condition made her 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. I’m thankful for Nollywood.”