Vicky Pattison has revealed she has been diagnosed with abnormalities on her ovaries including a 4cm cyst.
The 34-year-old reality TV star — who won I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! in 2015 — is always very open with her 4.8m Instagram followers about suffering pain and mood swings during her menstrual cycle.
Pattison revealed: "I have been struggling with my periods for a while & last week I went to the doctors in the hopes of finally getting some answers.
"After a consultation with a GP, some blood tests & an ultrasound- they discovered some abnormalities on my ovaries- in particular a 4cm sized cyst on the left one- which is most probably why my periods are so painful."
The Geordie Shore star — who lives with 38-year-old former The Only Way Is Essex star Ercan Ramadan — admitted she was feeling emotional about her diagnosis, after fearing she may have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder; a very severe form of PMS, for which there is no cure.
She said: "On one hand I am super pleased I finally have some answers... But on the other hand, this isn’t information I was expecting... I had braced myself for the worst but this just hadn’t even occurred to me & understandably last week I felt a little overwhelmed."
And Pattison revealed she is now concerned about her ability to conceive a child.
She said: "A cyst of this size can make conceiving naturally very difficult- which is enough to take the wind out of any woman’s sails let alone a woman in her 30s.
"Now I know there are loads of options & it’s not uncommon for cysts to shrink so I’m not going to let my mind run away with itself & fixate on the most distressing outcome - I am instead going to be realistic & positive."
Pattison added: "I’ve been processing this information over the last couple days & I am feeling loads better."
The reality star urged other women experiencing difficult menstrual symptoms to seek help form their doctor.
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