Businessman Born with a Womb Prepares for Hysterectomy

February 8, 2015 5:35 am

A businessman fearing he had cancer after discovering blood in his urine
has been left stunned after doctors discovered he has a fully
functioning womb – and the blood was from his period.

The 37-year-old man, who MailOnline
is not identifying, said he has experienced strange symptoms for years,
such as a dull ache after sex, but his concerns were always brushed
aside by medics.

Specialists have since discovered that, as well has having typical exterior male genitalia, he also has
an interior uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and
ovaries. They say he has been having periods since his teens, has
experienced PMT, and may even be able to get pregnant.
The man, from Lancashire, is now preparing for surgery to remove the
womb having lived his whole life as a ‘red blooded’ male, according to
The Sun.
Doctors say this is the best way to treat the condition, but have warned
him that he could start the menopause once the operation is complete.

Persistent Mullerian duct syndrome (PMDS) is a rare genetic disorder
which occurs when the body fails to produce or respond to certain
hormones while developing during pregnancy. Every foetus contains the
beginnings of a womb, known as the Mullerian duct, but if the baby is
male then it will produce hormones meaning this reduces and then
disappears all together.

However in those with PMDS the body either does not produce these
hormones, or does not react to them properly, meaning the duct develops
into a functioning womb.

The businessman, who is in a relationship with a woman who knows about
his condition, says the first sign something was wrong came at six
months old, when he had an operation on an undescended testicle.
He told Alison Smith-Squire:

 ‘As a child I didn’t have any other problems and went through puberty
normally, developing a deep voice and body hair. But as I reached my
teen and 20s I began experiencing a dull ache, during and after sex.’

When he was 18 blood first appeared in his urine, leading doctors to
suspect he had bladder cancer, but a biopsy came back negative.
Eventually he was sent for an MRI, and the images revealed he has a
uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and even a cervix.

A consultant has now told him that the ache after sex was caused by PMT,
and the blood in his urine came from his periods. As well as surgery to
remove the female organs, he will also take part in genetic screening
to find out how his gender balances out.

He added: ‘It’s possible tests will show I’m both male and female, but I
feel completely right living life as a guy. Even if tests showed I was
mostly a woman, I would still continue living as a man.’

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