A Cape Town woman has
spoken of her â€˜total shockâ€™
at being told at the age of 17 she had no vagina/Punani!
Thandiwe , 22, has MRKH, a rare syndrome which affects the reproductive system â€“ meaning she has no womb, cervix or va jay jay opening.
She was only diagnosed after she went to her doctor about back pain â€“ and mentioned in passing that she hadnâ€™t started her periods.
Tests revealed her condition and that where her va jay jay should be, there is simply an ident, or â€˜dimpleâ€™ â€“ meaning she is unable to have se_x or carry her own child.
â€˜I was sure the doctor had got it wrong, but
when she explained that was why I wasnâ€™t having
periods, it all started to make sense.
â€˜She then explained that I would never be able to carry a child and might have to have surgery before I could have se_x.
â€˜I was really angry and felt like I wasnâ€™t a real woman any more.â€™Â Thandiwe has been receiving treatment to dilate her va jay jay so she can be able to have se_x. She says itâ€™s working thus far but problems only start when she has to try out new positions. She says her boyfriend has been surprisingly accepting of the situation.