Naga Munchetty urges listeners to 'stop messaging her'
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Naga Munchetty has spoken candidly about a distressing experience she faced after the presenter got a contraceptive coil, or IUD, fitted by her GP a few years ago. The BBC Breakfast host took to Twitter today, where she urged people to acknowledge women’s pain.
The 46-year-old retweeted a recent article which she penned, in view of her 259,000 followers.
It comes after the BBC Breakfast host decided to share her story for the first time after journalist Caitlin Moran questioned, “why are women not offered pain relief for removal and insertion of IUDs?” in her column for The Times.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, Naga wrote: “We cannot NOT acknowledge women’s pain and distress.”
Writing in her column for Refinery29, the BBC host opened up about the difficulty of having the IUD removed after one year.
“I fainted twice,” Naga wrote. “At the follow-up appointment a week later, my GP, who is really great, said she couldn’t believe that I had stuck with it.”
The BBC host continued: “[My GP] said, ‘Most women just give up when it hurts that much.’
“She also said that she felt terrible after my fitting.
“Though they did ask if we should stop, no one suggested any anaesthetic or sedation.”
The Radio 5Live presenter admitted the experience left her feeling “violated” after she fainted a second time.
“When the coil was removed a year later (it didn’t suit me), the pain was again excruciating,” Naga explained.
“I fainted again, bursting into tears of relief when I left the GP’s office. I felt violated, weak and angry.”
The small-screen star went onto explain that she was touched by the response she received from women after first making the candid admission on Radio 5Live.
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Naga explained that she was thankful that women’s voices are being heard but added it begs the question “why, until now, were women not routinely offered good pain relief” when undergoing an IUD.
According to the NHS’ website, an IUD is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device that’s put into your womb (uterus) by a doctor or nurse.
The device releases copper to prevent pregnancy and protects against pregnancy for between five and 10 years. It’s sometimes referred to as a “coil” or “copper coil”.
Following Naga’s tweet, social media user’s flocked to comment on the post as they shared their experiences.
One wrote: “My first one was utterly horrific. My second was slightly less so. Due to have it replaced. Should’ve been done by now, but Covid…”
Another commented: “I feel her pain! I turned grey, managed to get to my office which was across the road and fainted in reception!”
“I’m so glad we’ve started talking about this because up until this year I always thought the pain was just something I had to suck up and put up with,” a third wrote.
Naga Munchetty presents on BBC Radio 5Live every Monday to Wednesday from 10am.
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