Double Blessing: Woman with Two Wombs Delivers in Each

Double Blessing: Woman with Two Wombs Delivers in Each
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Shan­non Web­ster, a 28-year-old med­ical sec­re­tary from Bas­ingstoke, Hamp­shire, dis­cov­ered a remark­able fact about her repro­duc­tive health: she has uterus didel­phys, mean­ing she has two wombs! 

This anom­aly, affect­ing rough­ly 1 in 1,000 women, results in sep­a­rate uterus­es, often accom­pa­nied by dou­ble cervix­es and some­times even two vagi­nas. While all uterus didel­phys cas­es involve two wombs, addi­tion­al repro­duc­tive organs are less frequent.

Ms. Web­ster’s expe­ri­ence high­lights the poten­tial for this con­di­tion to go unno­ticed. Despite expe­ri­enc­ing heavy peri­ods since menar­che (first peri­od) at 14, she remained unaware of her unique anato­my. It was­n’t until a mis­car­riage in 2016 and a sub­se­quent ultra­sound revealed the dou­ble wombs.

“The sono­g­ra­ph­er said
 ‘you have two wombs,’ â€ Ms. Web­ster recount­ed, empha­siz­ing her sur­prise. Fur­ther tests con­firmed uterus didel­phys. Remark­ably, Ms. Web­ster con­ceived and car­ried her first child in her left womb, and her sec­ond in the right, show­cas­ing how this con­di­tion can impact pregnancy.

Uterus didel­phys often goes undi­ag­nosed as many women expe­ri­ence no symp­toms. How­ev­er, some may encounter pain dur­ing inter­course, heavy men­stru­al bleed­ing, or a high­er risk of mis­car­riage and preterm birth.

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