Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Did Doctors Really Discover A Woman With Two Vaginas And One Uterus?

According to reports on 2 popular websites, doctors in Maryland found a black woman with a very unusual condition - she was born with two vaginas and one uterus.

Media Takeout wrote, 'According to a report online, the woman actively uses one of the vaginas, and the other one is still a virgin.' Doctors  performed a full medical exam and determined that both vaginas were fully functional but both lead to a single uterus. Aside from having two vaginas, everything else in the woman's anatomy is the same. She also menstruates out of both during her time of the month (graphic picture below).

Much of the female reproductive system is derived from two structures, known as mullerian ducts — a pair of embryonic ducts that evolve into the fallopian tubes, uterus and vagina in females. They come together during the ninth week of pregnancy. If this process is prevented or interrupted, "fusion" or "duplication" anomalies occur.

In women, abnormal development of the Mullerian ducts can lead to a rare condition known as uterus didelphys, in which the woman has a double set of reproductive tract organs - two each of the uterus, cervix, and vagina.

Another condition known as uterus duplex bicollis occurs when a woman has two each of the uterus and cervix, but only one vagina. If there is doubling of the uterus but only one cervix and vagina, the condition is termed bicornuate uterus.

 In this case, it appears the reverse is the case: two vaginas and one of the rest.

So is this story true? What condition is this? Which journal will document this? Which online report is mediatakeout referring to?

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