March 4, 2024

It’s like a nose: Ghanaian woman with 2 vaginas, wombs and cervixes shares what it feels like

Elizabeth Amoaa

After 20 years of being in and out of hospitals, 15 scans, and six surgeries, Elizabeth Amoaa, a Ghanaian reproductive health advocate, was finally diagnosed with Uterine Didelphys.

WebMD describes Uterine Didelphys as a rare condition where a woman grows two uteruses instead of one.

In a chat with BBC News Pidgin, Amoaa narrated how she came about the condition.

“During my mother’s pregnancy, when my reproductive organs were forming, normally every female foetus starts with two little tubes that join together to form a big organ called the womb. In my case, those little tubes failed to join together. This is why I was born with two wombs, 2 cervixes, and 2 vaginas.”

The reproductive health advocate was a child when she started dealing with health issues – recurrent viral infections, vaginal infections, nausea, migraine, and rash.

She recalls crawling on the floor due to pain, fainting and being taken to the hospital in an ambulance, yet, doctors said there was nothing wrong with her.

After spending most of her childhood at the hospital, Elizabeth was diagnosed with uterine fibroid.

 “Doctors were not giving me the right answers. A lot of medical professionals were thinking I was making it up. They gave me all sorts of medications from anti-depressants to strong pain killers,” she said.

In 2015, five years after she had her daughter, Amoaa was referred to a specialist who gave her the right diagnosis.

Describing what it feels like to have a double vagina, the reproductive health advocate said:

“It’s like a nose, you have flesh in the middle. So, yes, I have a left vagina and a right vagina,” adding that the condition could make one become high risk to kidney diseases, miscarriages, still birth, and premature delivery.

Amoaa is now using her story to encourage women and young girls to seek early diagnosis and adequate treatment for their gynaecological conditions to prevent further medical complications.

“Do not keep quiet, do not suffer in silence. I am a very stubborn person and this was how I was able to get answers,” she said.

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