Saturday, 3 December 2016

Woman Born without a Vagina Undergoes Surgery to Fix the Issue

Devan Merck, the young woman pictured above was born without a vagina was given life-altering surgery to allow her to have sex, and now hopes to start a family.

Devan Merck, 23, from Fort Benning in Georgia, was devastated to learn she had no vaginal canal, a malformed uterus and no cervix when she was just 12-years-old, and was bullied for years by classmates who called her a 'boy' and a 'freak'.



 But she is now able to enjoy intercourse after surgeons created a man-made vagina using skin taken from her bottom, and now Devan and her husband Trent hope to have a baby with the help of IVF. The 23-year-old, who was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-K├╝ster-Hauser syndrome, told how boyfriends would vanish when they learned of her condition.

 "For years I was bullied and felt different. Kids would call me a 'boy' and a 'freak' and boyfriends would disappear when they realised I wouldn't have sex." When she was 16, surgeons cut open a thick layer of skin covering Devan's vagina to create a vaginal opening, allowing her to have sex. Skin from her bottom was used to create a 'vaginal canal'.



'I am no different - instead of having a fully functioning vagina. I have a man made vagina. 'But since I met my husband my life has changed completely,' says Devan, who met her now best friend, Megan Seaman, when they were both undergoing surgery to address the same condition. Devan learned recently that she does have both ovaries, giving her and husband Trent the hope of biological children.

'Everything I've been through has made me stronger and I think I will make an amazing mother.' Devan first started experiencing difficulties when she was 12-years-old.

 Every month she would suffer excruciating cramps, but doctors were unconcerned, and said it was the onset of her period. Devan's mother, Gina Sims, eventually found a specialist who discovered the condition - which affects one in 5,000 women.

 Devan underwent surgery to remove her malformed uterus at 13. Three years later, sixteen-year-old Devan went on to have a procedure to 'make' her a vagina so she was able to have sex.

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