Meet Elizabeth Amoaa… a Ghanaian woman who is one of the few people “born with two vaginas and two uteruses, a rare condition known as uterus didelphys,” according to Health.com.
Amoaa, 35, recently dished with the publication about the symptoms and vaginal pain she has experience since she was 10 years old, which ultimately lead to her diagnosis later in life.
It all started with a recurring yeast infections in her youth, which had her in and out of hospitals. As she got older, extreme pain accompanied her periods, oftentimes causing her to faint, the report states. But because uterus didelphys is so rare, it typically goes undetected, such as Amoaa’s case.
A woman from Bangladesh gave birth to a baby and 26 days later went back to hospital with tummy pains- only to give birth to twins.
It wasn’t until she had an MRI in 2015 that
Uterus didelphys, or “double uterus,” occurs during fetal development, when the two tubes that normally form one uterus instead become two separate structures, according to the Mayo Clinic. A double uterus may have one cervix that opens into one vagina, or each separate uterine cavity may have an individual cervix and vagina, leaving a woman with two vaginas, as Amoaa has.
Having uterus didelphys doesn’t mean a woman can’t enjoy a normal sex life and experience a healthy pregnancy. On the other hand, the condition does makes women more susceptible to developing fibroids, endometriosis, and ovarian cysts. It can also lead to infertility, miscarriage, and premature birth.
Amoaa was diagnosed with uterine fibroids in 2008 and in 2010, she gave birth to a baby girl very prematurely. She lost a second baby in 2016 to miscarriage.
It’s not clear why some women are born with the disorder, and there’s no cure or fix for uterus didelphys.