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'My screams were so loud' Naga Munchetty details husband's horror over her health ordeal

BBC presenter Naga Munchetty, 46, has bravely spoken out about the trauma she went through when she got a contraceptive coil, or IUD, fitted by her GP a few years ago. 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 latest column for The Times.

Naga opened up on her “excruciating” experience during her BBC Radio 5 Live show today, which left her husband James Haggar desperately trying to find out what room she was in “to make it stop” after hearing her screaming in pain.

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”.

Detailing the suffering she went through at the time, Naga told listeners: “Before the IUD removal or insertion, women are merely told, ‘this might be a bit uncomfortable’.

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“Now, I have a very high pain threshold, and I know this from experience of pain and I’ve been told this by medical experts.

“I’m not, well I wasn’t then, afraid of being in pain, if I knew it would be temporary, nor am I squeamish. 

“Just thought I’d put that out there before I tell you my story and, I warn you, it is a bit unpleasant.”

Naga recalled: “I had a coil fitted a few years ago, and it was one of the most traumatic physical experiences I’ve had. 


“What followed was this, I was told that the smallest sized speculum, which was used for cervical smear tests, wasn’t big enough for this procedure, so I had to have the next size up. That’s when the pain began.”

Naga went on to admit that her screams during the procedure were “so loud” that her husband was left horrified, alongside the other people he was sitting with in the waiting room.

She continued: “Now, I won’t go into all the details, but my screams were so loud that my husband tried to find out what room I was in to make it stop.

“He said that those in the waiting room hearing my screams looked horrified. 

“The nurse accompanying the doctor had tears in her eyes. I was asked by my doctor half way through if I wanted to stop, but I was so determined that the pain I’d suffered so far wouldn’t be repeated, so I said, ‘we’ve got this far, let’s finish it’. I fainted twice. 

“At the follow up appointment a week later, my GP, who is really great, said she couldn’t believe that I’d stuck with it. 

“She said, ‘most women just give up when it hurts that much,’ she also said that she had felt terrible herself after my fitting.”

Naga went on to tell listeners that she wasn’t offered any pain relief during the procedure.

She added: “Though they did ask if we should stop, at no point was it suggested that I could have any anesthetic or sedation. 

“It was removed a year later because it didn’t suit me, and the pain was again excruciating.

“I fainted again and then I burst into tears of relief when I left the GP’s office.”

“I felt violated, weak, and angry,” Naga admitted.

Naga then clarified that she wanted her story to change the conversation about how we look at women’s health and pain. 

She explained: “What this is about is not the coil itself, we know it is safe and effective. What this is about is how we look at all women’s health and pain.”

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Derek Draper health: Why was his case of Covid so severe? Kate Garraway recounts ordeal

Derek Draper, 53, was hospitalised with coronavirus in March last year, the same month the UK went into national lockdown, and was admitted to an intensive care unit. In June he remained in a critical condition and was placed into an induced coma. A year on, he remains in intensive care, and according to wife Kate Garraway he experiences only “fleeing glimmers of consciousness”.
Garraway has been unable to visit him since December, when the third lockdown was imposed, but noted his condition deteriorated dramatically without human contact.

She said: “I feel like he is in an ocean of unconsciousness and sometimes he comes up to the surface. In the run-up to Christmas there were moments of consciousness where I felt like we were really communicating,”

Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from Covid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It defines severe illness from COVID-19 as hospitalisation, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death.


It says adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
So if you’re at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, what can you do to reduce your risk of getting the virus.

The best way to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, says the CDC, is to:

Limit your interactions with other people as much as possible.

Take precautions to prevent getting COVID-19 when you do interact with others.

Precautions include getting vaccinated – you should get a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to you, and wearing a mask in public.

The AstraZeneca Covid vaccine has come under scrutiny the last few weeks after reports of blood clots.

Several countries, particularly in Europe, temporarily suspended use of the vaccine as a result.

But new data has now revealed the vaccine is 100 percent effective against severe or critical disease and hospitalisation.

AstraZeneca said an independent safety committee conducted a specific review of the blood clots in the U.S. trial, as well as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), which is an extremely rare blood clot in the brain, with the help of an independent neurologist.

It showed that the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine was 79 percent effective at preventing symptomatic illness, and was 100 percent effective against severe or critical disease and hospitalisation.

Rebecca Ferguson speaks out on bullying and blackmailing ordeal ‘Not being silent anymore'

Former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, 34, has hit out about the way she claims she had been treated in the music industry after an unearthed video surfaced online tonight. The singer said she was not staying silent anymore as she shared details about treatment she had received, which included being bullied and blackmailed.
The singer began by sharing a video of herself and her fellow X Factor stars Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel being interviewed by Jeff Brazier.

The trio were mentored by former judge Cheryl on the show in 2010.

In the clip, the group were seen having a laugh as they tried to impersonate the X Factor voiceover. 

She captioned the video: “OMG! how sweet and innocent was I, how could anybody be cruel I am looking back and baffled at how I have been treated in this industry. How could you do that to a kid?”

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Rebecca said watching back certain videos had reminded her how some people treated her at a young age.

The former X Factor star didn’t disclose any names, but told fans she had been bullied and blackmailed.

In her first tweet, she wrote: “I am not even being silent anymore.

“You forced me to sign contracts, blackmailed me, bullied me, robbed me, I am not even being scared anymore I have looked back and I am disgusted in how you all treated an innocent young woman! Who just wanted to sing! Shame on you!”

She went on to say: “Up until 3 years ago, my music was blocked In the U.S because I offended a music boss!!

But, added: “To an innocent woman who just wanted to sing, I am heartbroken for the younger me who had to go through all of that.”

In view of her 644,000 followers, she concluded: “On a final positive note, I have a great and loving team around me now and I have found happiness which I am really proud of, I overcame and I survived it!

“And I am proud of myself for that and thankful to my fans and the people that supported me throughout. x.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Rebecca and ITV for comment. 

The singer auditioned for the X Factor in 2010 aged 23.

She duetted with Christina Aguilera in the final, but missed out on the win to Matt Cardle.

Despite not winning, she went on to have a successful music career with hits including Nothing’s Real but Love, Backtrack and Glitter and Gold.

Most recently, she duetted with Nile Rodgers for her new music.

Speaking to Express.co.uk in July, she said she believes she had a fair run on the singing show, but believes reality shows could be improved.

“There’s lots of things on these reality shows that could be improved, I’m not going to go into it all as I feel like for the past five years I’ve pretty much covered it.

“I think all reality shows need to be looked at and making sure everyone is treated respectfully and fairly and all that.

“There should be a lot more care for the contestants and their mental health. These kids coming off these shows they don’t have any after care.”’

In light of racism accusations on the show last year, Rebecca added she didn’t experience any racism while on the show herself.

Lady Gaga left 'emotional and grateful' after dog walker's terrifying dog-napping ordeal

They fled the scene northbound on Sierra Bonita Avenue in a white BMW, the cops said.

Gaga branded Fischer a “hero” in a moving post following the return of her dogs last Friday, writing on Instagram: “I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero.”

French bulldogs typically sell for $ 1,500-$ 3,000, and those with pedigree lineage fetching as much as $ 10,000.

Express.co.uk has contacted Lady Gaga’s representatives for comment.