How doctors removed 13 fibroids from my body – Toke Makinwa

Toke Makinwa, a Nigerian media personality, has narrated how her doctors removed 13 fibroids from her body.

She stated that most women in her family suffered from fibroids to the extent that the womb of some of them was removed.

In a document titled, “Where the Heck is My Period”, the socialite recalled that she had a very big tummy, irregular periods, and a bulge when she lay down, making her realise something was wrong.

Sharing her challenges, she said she struggled with snapping on red carpets because people might mistake it for pregnancy.

“PCOS I haven’t had but I’ve had fibroids. Just watching the documentary, there are a lot of similarities between symptoms and the bloating. I remember when I started off in this industry and you had to host shows. I remember I had to wear like two waist cinchers or three waist cinchers because I was so tiny but I had a belly and people would always ask if you’re pregnant. I was tired of people asking ‘are you pregnant’?

“I’ve had cousins who’ve had to take out their wombs. It’s very daunting. It’s one of the most stressful things. I think one of the worst parts of it is bleeding excessively. I mean, I didn’t bleed for a hundred and something days, but I know about you just seeing your period when you’re not expecting it. I know about you sitting somewhere and you get up and someone has to move close to you and say ‘oh your period’.

“I’m happy Stephanie Coker did this documentary because women can come together and talk about it. It does a lot to your self-esteem. You’re just nervous all the time. The anxiety levels are high. Eventually, when I got surgery, I had 13 fibroids taken out of me. Tiny me, thirteen.”