Eleanor Rowe was told she had two vaginas, two wombs and two cervices. This was a medical mystery, as an average woman is supposed to have just one set of reproductive organs.
Rowe, a 36-year-old woman, only discovered this weird anatomy five years ago, when she wanted to freeze her eggs.
The vaginas were separated by a wall, the Doctors removed, thereby leaving her with two cervices and two wombs. All this happened while she was single. But when its true love, nothing can stand in the way, as she met her husband , Chris, a year after.
They both wanted kids so bad, even tho Rowe had been told it was a million to one chance of her ever conceiving. Her condition was termed Uterus Didelphys.
But after doing ‘everything’ they could, the couple, from Ranskill, Nottingham-shire, found out Rowe was pregnant in November 2018, and Imogene Hope was born three months ago, weighing 5lbs 70z.
Rowe, who works as a counselor, said, ‘I just can’t believe I had lived three decades and didn’t know this was all going on inside me.
‘When I was told I had two of everything it did just seem a bit strange. I had had smear tests before and this was never picked up.
‘And all of a sudden I found myself with this unique anatomy which I had never heard of before. I did take it in good stead. I’d joke and say I had a designer vagina. But the only thing I was worried about was my fertility. That was my main concern. I just can’t believe she’s (Imogene Hope) actually here.’
In April 2013, single Rowe decided to freeze her eggs after having just entered her early 30s, and spent £6,000 on two harvesting cycles at a London clinic.
But when she was sent for a 3D scan of her ovaries, the sonographer mistakenly thought she was having full IVF treatment and instead carried out a 3D scan of her womb.
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Rowe was referred to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow for an investigative operation which revealed she also had two cervix and two vaginas.
The condition known as uterus didelphys – a rare congenital abnormality – developed when she was a fetus. It affects around one in 3,000 women.
Women are able to have children, but have a slightly higher risk of late miscarriage, premature delivery and bleeding during pregnancy.
Mrs Rowe said, “When I was first told about it I was just really confused. I thought how could I have gone through life and not know. When I would go for smear tests nothing was picked up. It was just by chance that it was picked up.
“I’m glad I did find out when I did because that meant my pregnancy could be monitored. It was just such a strange thing.”