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IN People ON 09 Nov, 2016
On the external, she looks like a normal average healthy young woman, but she was born with a rare condition that leaves her without reproductive organs, and even without an internal vagina.
It was not known until she was in her late teen, that she realized something was wrong.
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Natasha used to lie to her friends about getting her periods until she eventually went to the doctor to get checked why she was so late to get hers finally. The 16-year-old was shocked to find out that she had not menstruated because she lacked a womb, and also did not have a full vagina.
The MRKH syndrome affects one in 5,000 women and causes the vagina and uterus to be underdeveloped or absent.
"I felt like, I was grieving something I never had. That was the first time someone had said there was something different about me." On the outer, genitals appear normal, but the vaginal canal is underdeveloped, and usually only an inch long.
The syndrome not only makes conceiving children impossible but also prevents women from having intercourse.
"One of the hardest things was that nobody knew what MRKH even was; one of my doctors told me he had to Google it and check the Wikipedia page," said Natasha.
Natasha spent a week in the hospital, during which she had to dilate her new vagina with a plastic medical contraption for an hour, three times a day.
Jacqui Beck came forward to the media in 2013, claiming to suffer from the same condition. Jacqui said, "It's not something you expect to hear that your body is missing some of the essential things that, as a woman, you think you have."
"His reaction made me feel that this wasn't as normal as I'd thought. He sent me for blood tests to check for hormone imbalance and ultrasound scans," she said.
Well, she also used dilators similar to Natasha's and had seen significant progress ever since.