One mom had to make womb for two.
After being diagnosed as a teen with the rare condition uterus didelphys, in which one woman is born with two sets of reproductive organs, 31-year-old Faye Wilkins was able to deliver two children from separate wombs.
“At the age of 14, I couldn’t believe it when doctors told me I was born with two vaginas, two cervixes and two wombs,” she said. “I was in complete shock as I’d never noticed the condition before as the difference were only internal.”
As Wilkins explains, it wasn’t until she started suffering from severe pain during her menstrual cycle that she and her mother decided to consult with medical professionals.
Faye Wilkins, 31, from Plymouth, was diagnosed with a rare condition called uterus didelphys – causing her to have two sets of reproductive organs.
Doctors warned Faye that her chances of carrying a baby to full term was minimal but miraculously, after six miscarriages, she went on to have two children – one in each womb.
She became pregnant on the left womb in 2008, and to prevent premature birth, she had a cervical stitch. Wilkins delivered Molly by C-section seven weeks and two days ahead of schedule. Five years later, she became pregnant on her right womb by a new partner, Lee Welch. To boost George’s development, she received steroids and also gave birth to her son seven weeks and two days ahead.
Wilkins came out publicly to share about UD. She explains, “Having UD doesn’t make you any less of a woman, your internal organs have just formed slightly differently.”
Another woman with UD shared details of her condition anonymously in a Brave Reddit thread in 2013, reports Huffington Post. The woman, who used the name nurseryRN, admits that men she dated expressed disbelief when she told them about her condition. Her two vaginas are side by side and the left side, which is smaller, hurts when penetrated.
WHAT IS UTERUS DIDELPHYS?
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.
It occurs because in a female fetus, the uterus starts out as two small tubes.
As the fetus develops, the tubes normally join to create one larger, hollow organ — the uterus.
Sometimes the tubes don’t join completely and each one develops into a separate hollow organ so the woman is born with two wombs.
It often only becomes noticeable after puberty and is diagnosed with a physical exam or an ultrasound scan.
In terms of physical anatomy, the two wombs are often slightly smaller than average in order to fit, though they can be as big as a ‘normal’ womb.
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
It also makes it possible to be pregnant twice at the same time – with a baby in each womb.
Some women are also born with two vaginas, although they can have sex and menstruate in the same way as people with just one.
‘They may know they have two and be able to find them, or they may not realise,’ Dr Leila Hanna, a consultant gynaecologist & Obstetrician at BMI The Sloane Hospital, told MailOnline.
‘It can be painful because there are two squashed in the same area, so sometimes we do an operation to join them together, but its not necessary.
‘They could also have abnormalities of their kidneys and the tube which bring the urine from the bladder.’
Women will frequently have a slightly higher risk of late miscarriage, premature delivery and bleeding during pregnancy.
Often Caesarean sections are recommended, to reduce the risk of complications.
There is no treatment or cure for the condition.
When asked if she plans to conceive again, Wilkins said, “I don’t have plans for any more children, I already have two beautiful kids and couldn’t be happier — I’m the luckiest woman in the world.”