Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe Etim has been under a lot of scrutiny by the public since she revealed that she has had her womb removed.
The star actress spoke at an event tagged, ‘Conversation With Nse’, explaining that she took the move for health reasons.
Etim said she was diagnosed with Adenomyosis three years ago, a medical condition whereby the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus.
She 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.”
Nse noted that when she was first diagnosed, she was depressed, but was encouraged by her husband, Clifford Sule.
She said “tears dropped from my eyes and 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.”
She encouraged everyone else that may be struggling with bearing children, noting that it was not the bearing of children that mattered, but the difference everyone made in the universe.
“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.
She added: “I didn’t think there was any point anymore, because 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.”