Celebrating Britain's 101 Most Influential Asians 2024

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Naga Munchetty


ONE of the most recognisable faces in the UK, Naga Munchetty presents BBC’s flagship Breakfast programme, and often makes headlines, while telling news stories. Last year, she has revealed on her BBC Radio 5 Live show that she has a debilitating womb condition, adenomyosis, and kickstarted a campaign for a change in the way women’s health is treated. At the start of her show on May 22, 2023, she told listeners: “Right now, as I sit here talking to you, I am in pain. Constant, nagging pain… And I will have some level of pain for the entire show and for the rest of the day until I go to sleep.” She revealed on air how she had been struggling to get a treatment after decades of painful, heavy 10-day periods that sometimes made her lose consciousness. A flare-up, after for 30 days of non-stop bleeding, was so bad that her husband had to call an ambulance. “The pain was so terrible I couldn’t move, turn over, sit up. I screamed non-stop for 45 minutes,” she told listeners. One in 10 women is thought to have adenomyosis, yet it can often go undiagnosed for years. It took 32 years for Munchetty to obtain a diagnosis. Later, speaking at an evidence session of the Women and Equalities Committee of the House of Commons in October, she said the process of being diagnosed with adenomyosis was “infuriating”, after being told from the age of 15, ‘Suck it up’, ‘You’re normal, and ‘Every one goes through this’. “Especially to be told that by male doctors who have never experienced a period, and then by female doctors who had not experienced period pain,” said Munchetty. Since her Radio 5 show, NHS England has updated its website with detailed information on the condition. Earlier, its

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