Woman with Two Vaginas Defies Doctor’s Odds and Becomes a Mom
Elizabeth Amoaa, a woman with a rare condition called Uterus Didelphys, which means she has two vaginas, two wombs, and two cervixes, recently shared her journey to motherhood despite being told by doctors that she was infertile. In an interview with Mirror UK, Elizabeth revealed that she gave birth to her daughter Rashley in 2010, just two years after being diagnosed with uterine fibroids. She said, “In 2008 when I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids, I was told that conceiving was going to be very difficult for me. They basically told me I was actually infertile, so when I fell pregnant, it was a huge surprise.”
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Elizabeth’s condition went undiagnosed for years, which made her pregnancy challenging. She explained that because of her double womb, doctors were unaware of her condition and scanned the wrong mean. “It was a challenging pregnancy; I was bleeding throughout, fainting, and feeling tired. They actually thought it was an ectopic pregnancy as they didn’t know I have a double womb, and nor did I,” Elizabeth said. At one point, doctors even suggested terminating the pregnancy, but Elizabeth was determined to carry her baby to term. She said, “Sometimes they were scanning the wrong womb; I had 20 scans, and no one pointed out I had a double womb – because it’s so rare they weren’t looking out for it.”
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Elizabeth was finally diagnosed with Uterus Didelphys in 2015, five years after giving birth to her daughter. She was also found to have two vaginas and two cervixes during keyhole surgery in 2016. The surgery also revealed that she had stage five endometriosis, a painful disorder where uterine tissue grows outside the uterus, on her bladder.
After experiencing a silent miscarriage in 2017, Elizabeth decided to start Speciallady, an organization that educates women and young girls on gynecological conditions and menstrual hygiene. She said, “I always say that Speciallady is my second baby. I want to be the voice of the voiceless for every woman out there who is going through symptoms like what I went through.” Elizabeth also travels back to her native Ghana several times a year to share her knowledge with women in communities where talk of gynecological issues can still be taboo.
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Elizabeth’s experience has inspired her to be an advocate for women’s health, and she hopes that by sharing her story, she can help other women who are struggling with similar issues. She said, “My condition means that I am at high risk of cervical cancer or ovarian cancer, so I decided I wanted to live out my dreams.”