One vagina is good but how does it feel when you have two of them? This young beautiful woman, Cassandra Bankson, talks openly about her extraordinary condition called double uterus.
Cassandra's story started last year after she visited her doctor with lower back pain. After series of tests and scans the 22-year-old was told that she had one kidney, two vaginas, two wombs and two cervixes. Although the news was stunning Cassandra's family and friends were very supportive when she made the announcement. But that was not enough for her, she decided to tell her story to the world to educate and help others struggling with confidence and bullies.
Speaking about her condition Cassandra said: “When we got the test results back the doctor said I only had one kidney and flippantly added that I have two vaginas - as she suspected. There is one vaginal opening but inside there are two vaginas, two uteri, two cervixes and two fallopian tubes. Most vaginas are one large cavity but this is a complete separation into two different cavities. I was shocked and the doctor explained to me that it was like an upside nose.
I didn’t really know what to make of it – I was just in shock but I don’t really let it get in the way of my life. It certainly helped explain a lot of things. Ever since I was younger I would go to the doctor because I was bleeding for 28 days or I would have two periods a month – but they never suspected I had a second vagina. I always had really bad cramps - I could not move or my bowels would just not want to behave because the cramps were so bad. It is extremely difficult to deal with because you don't know whether your period is going to last a week or three.
As far as my understanding of how it affects a person's sex life - for some people having two vaginas can make it very painful - for others I assume there are more nerve endings so it could be more pleasurable. I'm definitely nervous about having to explain this to future partners. It’s not something I'm looking forward to. It's obviously a huge deal and I have no real idea how this is going to affect my life so it's something we would have to talk about.
But hopefully it won't be an issue - when I do meet someone I'll be looking for an emotional connection, somebody to laugh and joke with - the sex side of things isn't a huge issue for me. My two vaginas can be treated if they need to be and that’s good to know. But it’s not causing problems and I’m not trying to have kids right now but when I do decide I will hopefully be able to have them naturally. I'm feeling pretty calm about the whole situation."
As the condition is only detectable by ultrasound or physical examination, many women can go years without realizing they have an extra womb, which can cause more than one period per month and sometimes require wearing two tampons at once. In rare cases, women who have two separate uteri can get pregnant with non-identical twin babies at the same time.