Few things come so naturally to you that you don't give their importance a second thought. For example, a vagina. It is the part of a female's human body which distinguishes it from the male one. Any version of an existence of a woman without a vagina is ineffable. But so it happens, that the impossible is now possible indeed.
Here's the story of Joanna Giannouli and what went down when she realized there were certain essential body parts she was missing.
Joanna didn't get her periods when the most girls of her age were getting them. Hence, she consulted the doctor when she was sixteen and was diagnosed with Rokitansky syndrome. In this syndrome, the diagnosed person is born without a uterus or vagina.
"When we first saw the doctor, my father put on a brave face. My mother, on the other hand, didn't take it so well," Giannouli expla. "We didn't talk about it much for the first five years. I wasn't able to talk about it. I felt destroyed and incredibly weak. My mother believes she may have done something wrong in her pregnancy. I've explained to her that she didn't do anything wrong, it was just genes."
..are affected by this disease. However, it doesn't affect their outer appearance in any way but the vaginal canal is so small that having sexual intercourse is impossible.
"Because I was born without a functional vagina, the doctors had to make one in order for me to have sex," she says. "I stayed in a hospital for about two weeks, in order to recover. Then I had to be about three months laying on a bed - I couldn't get up. I did vaginal exercises in order to expand my new vaginal tunnel."
"It's a burden, like something that you cannot get rid of," she continues. "I couldn't have a stable relationship for many years because of that. It is a haunting and unbearable situation. It steals your happiness, your mentality, your chances of having a good and stable relationship. It leaves you with a huge void that cannot be filled, it fills you with anger, guilt, and shame. Women with this condition or similar were brave enough to talk about it, and I am so proud of them. This syndrome puts a stigma on women and right now, it is a huge step for them in order to accept it and finally, be ok with it. Through my story, many women were able to find out more about their condition, also, I made sure that now they have someone to talk to, and I made them feel that they are not alone anymore, we have each other."