Think your lady bits are more than enough trouble? Well some women have two of everything and you used to too! (Insert all the shocked ghost face emojis) Mind. Blown. So many questions. Take a deep breath, here’s the lowdown.
Maybe she’s born with it
Yep she was, we all were. Okay, well for most of us only when in utero. You see wacky fact; all female embryos begin life with two uteruses, two cervixes and two vaginas. Wait, what? They’re more like duplicates actually, where each pair has a dividing temporary wall down the middle. Before the baby is eight weeks old this wall disappears and the two organs fuse together to create one magical lady part. In about 3 percent of women though, the wall does not come down. I repeat, it DOES NOT COME DOWN. Houston, we have a fusion failure.
The scientific name for it is uterus didelphys, where a woman is left with two wombs and two separate cervixes. In some cases but not all, the v’jay jay also gets a double sister act (we knew there was a reason for those two Js). So what does this mean?! Well often women will have NO idea that they’re walking around with extra pink bits. It usually becomes apparent once you hit puberty, but sometimes there are no symptoms whatsoever. In many cases of uterus didelphys, the woman also has only one kidney (well that’s a bit of a raw deal); and some associated problems of it can be inadequate draining of menstrual blood (leading to back pain and surgical intervention to remove accumulated blood and prevent damage to other organs such as fallopian tubes or a uterus rupturing), and pain due to two vaginas being squished in the same area (sometimes they operate to merge them into one).
Still so many questions
Can people with two vaginas have sex in either one? Yes. In fact, some women have been known to deliberately choose sex in one over another when trying to conceive because one uterus might be bigger than the other and therefore more viable for carrying a baby to term. Sometimes though one vagina is smaller and more painful during intercourse, so the other one is preferred for sexy times.
If you have two uteruses, do you get twice the periods??! Thankfully, no. Each uterus is connected to one fallopian tube so only one monthly menstruation occurs. Some women are recommended to use two tampons at a time though (!).
Do you also have twice the amount of ovaries? Nope, just the two (phew).
Can animals also have two uteruses too? Yes, a lot of female mammals such as pigs, dogs and cats can have two uteruses.
What about babies?
Unfortunately women with uterus didelphys are more prone to miscarriages, premature birth, and require c-sections instead of vaginal deliveries. Thankfully though many can still have healthy happy babies. In rare cases women can even have simultaneous pregnancies in both uteruses, resulting in twins that grow in their own cosy little womb and can be born hours or days apart. In 2006 a woman in England even carried and delivered triplet girls – identical twins from one uterus and another girl from the other! Apparently the chances of that happening are one in 25 million though, so no need to freak out just yet.
So there you have it. Two vaginas. That’s one for your next dinner party conversation starter!