Megan Argyle was forced to undergo a double hysterectomy at just 28
A mother born with two sets of reproductive organs is forced to undergo a double hysterectomy at just 28.
Megan Argyle had both of her wombs removed surgically earlier this month after being destroyed by endometriosis, leaving her in unbearable pain.
The condition occurs when cells in the womb lining grow on the outer layer of the womb.
It causes the tissue to thicken, break down and bleed with every menstrual cycle, causing painful, heavy menstruation and irritation.
Mrs. Argyle was forced to have the hysterectomies – invasive procedures that are normally reserved for women in their forties and fifties – because the pain left her bed-bound and was unable to work.
Her condition was made even more complicated by the fact that she had two cervix and two wombs, a condition known as uterine didelphys.
It occurs when two smaller tubes in a female fetus do not fuse into a single uterus, instead grow in two separate structures.
The condition, which affects one in 3000 women, increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth and bleeding during pregnancy.
But the mother-of-one became pregnant with daughter Rubie, now five, in 2014 and claims that she was told that there is a 90 percent chance of miscarriage.
Mrs. Argyle (pictured with her daughter Rubie) was forced to have her uterus removed after being destroyed by endometriosis, which caused her to be in agony
It causes the tissue to thicken, break down and bleed with every menstrual cycle, causing painful, heavy menstruation and irritation (pictured in the hospital after the birth of Rubie, now five)
Uterus didelphys, also known as a double uterus, is a condition where a woman is born with two uterus, two separate cervixes and sometimes two vagina's, although this was not the case with Mrs. Argyle
Mrs. Argyle, from Hull, Yorkshire, said: “A double hysterectomy was the best decision I have ever made.
& # 39; I had to regain my quality of life so that I can be the best mother for my daughter Rubie.
& # 39; I feel incredibly happy that I have her after the doctors warned me at the age of 21 that I should try for a baby before I am 30 and the chance of a miscarriage was very high.
& # 39; I was only 21 with my whole life in front of me, I had never thought of children before.
& # 39; But it seemed like a decision now or never, because the endometriosis got worse and could cause further fertility problems. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; I had a miscarriage before I got my wonder baby Rubie at the age of 23.
& # 39; But it was so hard for me to enjoy activities with her because of my paralyzing endometriosis.
& # 39; I am happier now than ever, and I can't wait to be a mother again – I can't wait to go swimming with my daughter and pick her up when she falls without having unbearable pain. & # 39 ;
Mrs. Argyle revealed that she was diagnosed with painful endometriosis at the age of 18, after having had pain in her lower abdomen during her teenage years.
Tests also revealed a painful cyst on her ovaries – a common side effect of endometriosis.
Her condition was made even more complicated by the fact that she had two cervix and two wombs, a condition known as uterus didelphys – which threatened to make her infertile
The condition, which affects one in 3000 women, increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth and bleeding during pregnancy
Ms. Argyle (pictured after the operation) said the double hysterectomy was the best decision she ever made and that she can't wait to become a mother again & # 39;
Despite four ablations – a surgical procedure that destroys the lining of the uterus and reduces menstruation while the endometriosis is burned away – it continued to grow back and the mother remained in constant pain.
She was desperate for a hysterectomy and asked someone 26 years old, but doctors were reluctant to try contraceptive methods instead.
She tested all birth control pills and a spindle for each cervix, but to no avail. Birth control pills contain a progesterone-like hormone, which makes the lining of the womb thinner and causes lighter bleeding.
Mrs. Argyle added: “Nothing helped, my heavy menstrual period continued and the pain never stopped.
& # 39; My quality of life was getting worse; I have lost count of how many times I was deregistered from work.
& # 39; I would change up to three sanitary napkins per hour and I was constantly in a painful state to the point where I had to curl into a ball.
& # 39; I am also known to sit on the floor in stores because I could no longer walk physically.
& # 39; I had an induced menopause, but I continued to bleed, so the doctor agreed that a hysterectomy is the best option for me. & # 39;
Although the mother had removed both the womb on October 9, her ovaries were not removed so that she can have children who use a surrogate in the future.
WHAT IS UTERUS DIDELPHYS?
Uterus didelphys, also known as a double uterus, is a condition where a woman with two uterus is born to separate cervixes and sometimes two vagina's, although this is not always the case.
It is because with a female fetus the uterus starts as two small tubes.
As the fetus develops, the tubes are normally joined together to create a larger, hollow organ – the womb.
Sometimes the tubes are not fully connected and each tube develops in a separate hollow organ, so that the woman is born with two wombs.
It often only becomes noticeable after puberty and is diagnosed with a physical examination or an ultrasound.
In terms of physical anatomy, the two wombs are often slightly smaller than average to fit, although they can be as large as a & # 39; normal & # 39; uterus.
It also makes it possible to be pregnant twice at the same time – with a baby in each womb.
Some women are also born with two vagina's, although they can have sex and menstruate in the same way as people with only one.
& # 39; They may know they have two and can find them, or they may not realize it, & # 39; Dr. told Leila Hanna, an advisory gynecologist and obstetrician at BMI The Sloane Hospital, at MailOnline.
& # 39; It can be painful because two are crushed in the same area, so sometimes we do surgery to join them together, but it is not necessary.
& # 39; They may also have abnormalities of their kidneys and the tube that draw urine from the bladder. & # 39;
Women often have a slightly higher risk of late miscarriage, premature birth and bleeding during pregnancy.
Caesarean sections are often recommended to reduce the risk of complications.
There is no treatment or cure for the condition.
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS AND HOW WILL IT BE DIAGNOSIS?
Endometriosis occurs when cells in the uterine wall are found elsewhere in the body, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Every month these cells react in the same way as those in the womb; build up, break down and bleed. Yet the blood cannot escape from the body.
Symptoms include pain, heavy menstruation and fatigue, as well as a higher risk of infertility and bowel and bladder problems.
About 1.5 million women in the UK suffer from the disease.
The cause is unknown, but may be genetic, related to immune system problems or exposure to chemicals.
The only definitive way to diagnose endometriosis is through a laparoscopy – an operation where a camera – a laparoscope – is inserted into the pelvis through a small incision near the navel.
The surgeon uses the camera to see the pelvic organs and look for signs of endometriosis.
If endometriosis is diagnosed, the endometriosis can be treated or removed for further examination during laparoscopy.
The treatment is aimed at pain relief and improving the quality of life, including surgery or hormone treatment.
Source: Endometriosis VK
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