A man from England is preparing to undergo a hysterectomy, after discovering he was born with a functioning womb amid fears he had cancer.
The 37-year-old man from Lancashire, who is being identified only as Rob to protect his identity, has experienced strange symptoms for years, according to the Daily Mail, though doctors have repeatedly brushed his concerns aside. Medical specialists now believe that Rob has persistent Müllerian duct syndrome (PMDS), a condition that resulted in him developing both male genitalia and a functioning womb.
After reporting blood in his urine, doctors feared Rob might have bladder cancer, according to the Telegraph, and he underwent an MRI. It was during this procedure that the womb was discovered, to the surprise of all involved.
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“I was shocked when the consultant said I had a fully functioning set of women’s reproductive organs, and I was even having periods,” he recalled. “It appears I could even potentially get pregnant. But I’ve been told by doctors I’ll be having a hysterectomy in the next few weeks. Bizarrely, that could lead to menopause.”
Rob, who underwent surgery for an undescended testicle when he was just 6-months-old, began experiencing a dull ache after sex in his 20s, which doctors now ascribe to PMS. The blood in his urine, which Rob began noticing when he was 18-years-old, is thought to be due to his period since the womb is functioning. In addition to the hysterectomy to remove the womb, Rob will undergo DNA testing to determine his accurate gender balance.
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Doctors noted that the womb could possibly allow Rob to carry a child himself. Since he possesses ovaries, he could produce eggs, yet he asserts that he prefers to undergo the hysterectomy, citing the possibility of carrying a child as something he wouldn’t do.
Though 120 or so cases are reported each year in Britain, doctors say that it is highly unusual for someone with Rob’s condition to discover a womb so late in life. Most people with intersex bodies are identified early in their development, as the Inquisitr has previously reported.
Though there is a risk that the hysterectomy could damage his sperm, Rob hopes to become a father after the womb is removed and will continue to live as a man.
[Image via the Daily Mail]