Eleanor Rowe only made the discovery when she wanted to freeze her eggs. A woman born with two wombs, two cervixes and two vaginas has defied the odds by giving birth to her first child. Eleanor Rowe, 36, only discovered her unusual anatomy five years ago when she went to freeze her eggs and a sonographer found her second womb. But it was only when doctors carried out an investigatory procedure they realised she actually had the rarer form of uterus didelphys - two wombs, cervixes and vaginas.
Eleanor underwent a corrective procedure to cure the one in a million condition, but doctors warned she faced a 90 per cent chance of miscarrying. But three months ago she welcomed Imogen Hope - who she carried in her left womb - with husband Chris. Eleanor from Ranskill, Nottinghamshire, said: "I just can't believe I had lived three decades and didn't know this was all going on inside me. Although it was an early labour. But when she was sent for a 3D scan of her ovaries, the sonographer mistakenly thought she was having full IVF treatment and instead carried out a 3D scan of her womb.
The results showed an abnormality on the scan, which led staff to believe she may have two wombs. Eleanor was referred to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow for an investigative operation which revealed she also had two cervix and two vaginas. The condition known as uterus didelphys - a rare congenital abnormality - developed when she was a feutus. Counsellor Eleanor said: "My periods have always been irregular so I always had a hunch I would need some help with assisted conception.
But inside I had a duplication of everything! Doctors remove the wall that divided the vaginas - leaving her with two cervix and wombs - in A year later Eleanor met technology consultant Chris at a bar in London in May and the pair married two years later. Two months after their wedding the couple discovered Eleanor was pregnant in her right - and weaker - womb. But in the first trimester Eleanor suffered a miscarriage after the fetus attached itself to the thin dividing wall.
Doctors were forced to medically intervene in the miscarriage as Eleanor's body had not done so naturally. She was induced for eight hours until she 'gave birth'. Eleanor said: "Even though I had been warned about the difficulties I would face it was still devastating. To choose surgical management where they do it when you're asleep or medical management where they give you medication to induce contractions and instigate the 'miscarriage'. When the couple attended the funeral service for their miscarried child at the hospital, Eleanor discovered she was pregnant for a second time.
She booked an appointment with her GP - where she was immediately marked her as a high-risk pregnancy and given weekly monitoring at her Sheffield hospital.
Throughout Eleanor's pregnancy doctors monitored her and at 24 weeks she had to be given steroid injections after contracting obstetric cholestasis - a serious liver disorder which can result in stillbirth. Eleanor said: "It was very upsetting to have developed this condition as it was already a high risk pregnancy without this additional complication, that we had never heard of before.
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