What exactly is uterus didelphys?
About 1 in 3,000 women are born with uterus didelphys, or a double uterus. It is considered a rare congenital abnormality.
Basically, what happens is that in a female fetus, the uterus begins as two small tubes that eventually become one and create what ends up being the uterus. When those tubes don't join, each one becomes a uterus. A double uterus can have one or two openings into the vagina. Also, often the vagina is separated by a thin wall splitting it into two.
Women with a double uterus can still get pregnant and have children, but their risk of miscarriage or premature birth may increase because of the condition.
Lauren had no problem getting pregnant.
A year after being diagnosed with uterus didelphys, Lauren met Ben--the man who would become her husband. They married in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012, and after a year of being married, they started trying for a baby.
Lauren had been very up front with Ben about her condition, because she knew that having children was important to him. “From quite early on, Ben and I discussed having children and it was clear that he really wanted to be a dad,” she shared with PA Real Life. “I knew I had to be open and honest and tell him that might not be a possibility for me.”
Much to their delight, the couple got pregnant and had their first child, Amelie, on June 12, 2014, via C-section. Remember that Lauren has two wombs; Amelie developed in Lauren's right womb.
Then Lauren got pregnant again.
Well, about a year and a half after having Amelie, Lauren got pregnant again, but this time the baby was in her left womb. That child, Harvey, was born prematurely at 33 weeks. He was tiny and had a hard time swallowing, but after three weeks in the hospital, he was sent home.
What are the signs of uterus didelphys?
A lot of the times, the condition causes no symptoms and is only found during a pelvic exam. Some possible signs are continued bleeding during your period even after you put in a tampon, severe pain during menstruation, or repeated miscarriages. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned.