Sex saved my life! Stunning woman discovers deadly watermelon-sized thanks to having sex
A woman claims that SEX saved her life – after a steamy session with her boyfriend lead her to discover a cancerous tumour on her ovary.
Ellie Taylor-Davis, 28, from Islington, London, was having sex when she first felt the uncomfortable lump move in her lower abdomen.
Worried by the unusual sensation she looked up symptoms online and after feeling the same movement while going to the toilet she believed it was caused by constipation.
But a month late, she mentioned the odd feeling to her gynaecologistas he fitted a contraceptive coil – and he immediately referred her for tests.
An emergency ultrasound scan confirmed she had a 16cm cancerous tumour on her ovaries and in her abdomen that was crushing her internal organs.
Fortunately surgeons were able to remove the deadly mass without the need for radiotherapy and she is now in remission.
She’s bravely is sharing her story during ovarian cancer awareness month to encourage other women to look out for symptoms that could lead to a diagnosis.
Ellie, who works for an arts magazine, said: “I would never have been aware that anything was wrong had I not felt the cyst during sex, it saved my life and I’m very lucky to be here.
“I felt something move inside of me and I thought it was really strange – as sex had never felt like that before which freaked me out.
“After sex I became aware of the unusually large alien mass in my lower abdomen, I googled the symptoms but convinced myself it couldn’t be cancer.
“A short while later when my gynaecologist was about to fit the coil she noticed a mass and asked me to take a pregnancy test – after it came back negative I was sent for scans and was really worried.
“When doctors told me the ultrasound had found a 16cm cancerous mass on my ovaries I was truly terrified.
“After they told me it could be cancer I crawled into bed, unable to call my mum, boyfriend or friends, and lay there for five hours completely devastated – at my age I never thought I could get ovarian cancer.
“My boyfriend was obviously very worried at the time but was incredibly supportive, we’re not together any more but I’m endlessly grateful for the care he showed throughout.
“I was so shocked by how huge it was, I’m only a small person, I’m 5ft 2 and a size six, so to have a 16cm mass the size of a baby inside of me and not know what it was really shocking.
“I always needed the loo but never knew it was because the cancerous tumour was pushing heavily on my bladder and other organs.
“When they took the tumour out of me it looked like an alien, it was huge and weird looking, I could believe I had that inside of me.
“Thankfully it was caught in time and I am in remission now – it’s really important for women to get in tune with their bodies and become aware of the changes in their own bodies.
“If I hadn’t gone to have the coil fitted the cancer could have spread much further by and I’d be none the wise.
“I knew something was wrong and the saying ‘you know your body best’ is definitely true, you have to listen to your gut instinct.”
After it was confirmed as cancer she visited a specialist in London who was able to remove the 16cm tumour without removing her womb – giving her the chance to have children in the future.
Ellie said: “I was lucky the cancer was caught before it spread to the lymph nodes and was spared chemo or radiotherapy.
“I’ve been advised to try and have children sooner rather than later since having the operation, but at the moment I’m just thankful I’m in remission and can start returning to a normal life.”
She’s now in remission – recently her check-up appointments to ensure cancer hasn’t returned have been reduced from four to two times a year.
With this great news she intends to complete her university degree in fine arts after being forced to drop out due to her treatment.
More than 7,000 women each year are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, of that one in five are women under the age of 50.
The UK has one of the lowest survival rates for ovarian cancer in Western Europe, with a woman dying every two hours.
Katherine Taylor, Chief Executive of Ovarian Cancer Action who helped Ellie, said: ‘Although the risk of ovarian cancer is relatively low in young women, it’s very important that women of all ages are informed about the symptoms.
‘The symptoms include persistent bloating, going to the toilet more often, persistent stomach pains and feeling full more quickly.
‘It’s also important that young women are listening to their bodies and are empowered to seek their doctor’s help if they suspect anything is wrong.’
To find out more visit the Ovarian Cancer Action young women’s hub at: http://ovarian.org.uk/about-ovarian-cancer/younger-women’
FOR A TEXT BOX
Ovarian Cancer: The facts
• It is the most deadly gynaecological cancer and currently the fifth most common cancer among women.
• There are 7000 new diagnoses each year in the UK
• The UK has one of the lowest survival rates in Western Europe, with a woman dying from ovarian cancer every two hours;
• That amounts to 4,300 deaths each year
Ovarian Cancer: The symptoms
• Persistent stomach pain
• Persistent bloating or increased stomach size
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
• Needing to urinate more frequently
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