Two Wombs: Meet The Woman Who Has Gone Into Labor 100 Times And Counting

Two wombs in one body is not news that any woman would want to hear. While we posted last year about miracle triplets born to a woman with two wombs, for most women with this rare condition, it is nothing but an annoyance at best and a complication at worst.

When you meet Sophie Loader for the first time, you likely wouldn’t notice anything out of the ordinary about her. She is a regular 23-year-old woman who lives with her boyfriend and 2-year-old son in Chelmsford, Essex. Sophie likes to hang out with her friends and bake pies. Except, she suffers from debilitating labor pains every month — and it is a lot worse than any period pain because Sophie, unlike most women, has two wombs instead of one.

Born with a rare medical condition called uternus bicornis, Sophie effectively has two wombs in her body (her womb is shaped like a horn with two distinct cavities). So during her menstrual cycle, the right side of her womb fills up with blood, which tricks Sophie’s body into thinking it is giving birth. As a result, Sophie suffers from fake contractions that can sometimes last up to 72 hours. She spoke to the Mirror about her condition.

“I’ve been in labor more than 100 times, but only once for real. To say that it’s a pain would be an understatement. It might shock women to hear I have been in labor more than one hundred times. When I was 13 and the contractions started, I had never felt pain like it and couldn’t understand what was happening to me, it was terrifying — even the doctor thought I might be pregnant.”

It was suggested by Sophie’s doctors that she perform breathing exercises to alleviate the pain caused by her two wombs, and though she makes sure to follow the advice, the exercises do not really help Sophie overcome the pain on each occasion. In the last few years alone, Sophie has been admitted to the hospital more than thirty times, where she is given gas to control the pain. Sophie spoke to ITV about the complications her two wombs have caused.

“I was hospitalized more than 30 times because I couldn’t cope with the symptoms. Each time they would give me gas and air to control the pain.”

Now that Sophie has become a mother to her 2-year-old son, Chase, she has had a contraceptive implanted into her body which delays her fake contractions. Though her two wombs still exist, now Sophie undergoes labor pains once every three months. When asked if she would like to have another child, the young woman didn’t rule out the possibility in the future, though said she is content being a mother of one for the time being.

“Being is labor once a month for eight years was exhausting… You’d think it would be enough to put me off having a baby. But ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to be a mother. There were times when I wanted to give up, but I am so lucky to have Chase… That being said, I don’t think I’ll be having another baby any time soon.”

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