Teenager with TWO vaginas says it took doctors eight years to spot her unusual anatomy

Daily Mail Online Lifestyle 1 month ago

A teenager whose period pains were dismissed by doctors was shocked to discover she actually had two vaginas, wombs and cervixes.

Molly-Rose Taylor, 19, was only diagnosed with uterus didelphys, a rare condition which doubles the number of reproductive organs, two years ago.

Since the age of nine, the nanny complained of excruciating period pains. However, doctors failed to spot the 2cm-thick wall of tissue dividing her vagina.  

Ms Taylor, from Gillingham in Kent, grew increasingly worried when the unbearable cramps caused her to become delirious and often faint.

And when she inserted a tampon to soak up the gush of blood, it would continue to pour out. Doctors later discovered this was because she had a second vagina.

Ms Taylor has since had an operation to remove the tissue dividing her two vaginas - but she has opted against any other procedures to treat her condition. 

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Molly-Rose Taylor, 19, was finally diagnosed with uterus didelphys, a rare condition which means she has two vaginas, cervixes and wombs

Ms Taylor said: 'When I first started my periods, doctors would blame my age and say my body is still young and can't cope.

Until 2017 when she had an operation to have it removed (pictured), Ms Taylor had a 2cm-thick wall of tissue dividing her vagina, known as the longitudinal septum
Until 2017 when she had an operation to have it removed (pictured), Ms Taylor had a 2cm-thick wall of tissue dividing her vagina, known as the longitudinal septum
Ms Taylor had her first period when she was nine (pictured on her birthday) and complained that it was painful. Doctors told her this was because her young body could not yet cope the period
Ms Taylor had her first period when she was nine (pictured on her birthday) and complained that it was painful. Doctors told her this was because her young body could not yet cope the period
Uterus didelphys, also known as a double uterus, is a condition where a woman is born with two uterus, to separate cervixes and sometimes two vaginas, though this is not always the case
Uterus didelphys, also known as a double uterus, is a condition where a woman is born with two uterus, to separate cervixes and sometimes two vaginas, though this is not always the case

'But now I know it is because I am having two periods at once. I have been on birth control since 12 years old to try and reduce the heavy flow and fainting.

'As I got into my early teens, I attempted to use tampons, but it would fall straight out, I thought maybe it was normal.

'It wasn't until I became sexually active with my then boyfriend, I began to worry as it was impossible and very painful.'

From the outside, her two vaginas - caused by a dividing tissue wall known as the longitudinal septum - are impossible to spot. 

Ms Taylor said: 'From the outside, you would never even know, even the doctors didn't as I had attended three appointments.

Since the age of nine, the nanny from Gillingham, Kent, first complained of excruciating pain which would often make her faint
But when the pain persisted into her teens, doctors diagnosed her as suffering with period pains 
When Ms Taylor inserted a tampon to soak up the gush of blood, it would continue to pour out of her second vagina
When Ms Taylor inserted a tampon to soak up the gush of blood, it would continue to pour out of her second vagina

'Before my diagnosis I was advised to get tested for a sexually transmitted disease due to the bleeding and abnormal discharge.

'It came back all clear, as predicted - I knew something was wrong and began to research myself which was a challenge itself.'

After eventually learning of her condition from a gynaecologist in 2017, Ms Taylor has lamented the lack of awareness of uterus didelphys, which affects around one in 3,000 women.

Women who have a double uterus mostly enjoy successful pregnancies, but the risk of miscarriage is increased, according to the Mayo Clinic.

She said: 'There wasn't any leaflets for me to read nor doctors who could help me understand my condition which is why it took so long for me to get a diagnosis.

'I told my GP that I know what it is and was referred to a gynaecologist and I requested general anaesthetic for the intrusive vaginal scan.   

Although Ms Taylor had her longitudinal septum removed, she believed it would do 'more harm than good' for doctors to attempt to remove any of her doubled reproductive organs
Although Ms Taylor had her longitudinal septum removed, she believed it would do 'more harm than good' for doctors to attempt to remove any of her doubled reproductive organs

She added: 'Within ten minutes, they confirmed I have two uteruses, two cervixes and two vaginas - I felt so happy to finally know what is wrong.'

In August 2017, Molly-Rose had an operation for the longitudinal septum to be removed at University College London Hospital.

Ms Taylor believed it would do 'more harm than good' for doctors to attempt to remove any of her doubled reproductive organs.

She added: 'Although I may face some complications when I am ready to start a family as there is a high chance of miscarrying - at least I can now plan ahead as I am aware.

'I tend not to dwell on my condition, and I will cross that bridge when I get there.

'If I wasn't persistent, then I would still be clueless, and I am sharing my story to raise awareness for other girls and women who may going through the same.' 


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