A new mum who was born with two vaginas, two wombs and two cervixes has spoken out about living with the extremely rare condition. Elizabeth Amoaa, originally from Ghana but now living in Walsall, Birmingham, was diagnosed with uterus didelphys in 2015 after spending years in pain without having any idea what was wrong.
From the age of 10, the 36-year-old had been in and out of hospital with stomach pain but doctors had repeatedly dismissed her condition. It was only when she turned 31 did she finally get the answer she had spent years seeking. From that moment, Elizabeth underwent a total of six surgeries in the space of just three years as well as suffering a silent miscarriage which almost killed her.
She is now speaking out about her condition. Elizabeth, whose vagina is Y-shaped with two vaginal canals that leads to two cervixes and two wombs, told Mirror Online:
“My periods were always very heavy. I used to complain a lot about abdomen pain but when my mother took me to the hospital doctors just kept giving me iron supplements and multivitamins and just said I was anaemic or had a yeast infection. So I just believed that and continued taking my supplements.”
Elizabeth Amoaa, who was diagnosed with uterus didelphys, had children despite the belief that she may not be able to – For years, she was misdiagnosed with uterine fibroid, with the report that she may miscarry even when she gets pregnant – In 2015, she got the right test done which revealed that she has two wombs and cervixes. It was in 2015 that Elizabeth was diagnosed with uterus didelphys, a condition where a woman has two separate uterus and cervixes.
Despite the odds stacked against her, Elizabeth gave birth to a baby girl, after years of very painful periods, Daily Mail reports. During her childhood, different misdiagnoses said she had uterine fibroids, telling her that she has a very little chance of becoming pregnant.
Her story changed in 2003 when she migrated to the UK from France and became pregnant in 2010. Unknown to doctors, she had two cervixes despite numerous scans. Her proper diagnosis happened in 2015 after she miscarried her second child.
“I would go to have a scan, which I had to do frequently because of my fibroids, and one minute they would see the baby is in the womb, then the next they could not find the baby,”
she said. Elizabeth also said that she was frequenting the hospital to the extent that her little child had to say
“Mummy is always in the hospital.”
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