A 37-year-old businessman recently discovered that he has a fully-functioning female womb and the ovaries to match.
The Lancashire man, known only as Rob to protect his identity, had been noticing blood in his urine since he was a teenager. Recently worried it could be a sign of bladder cancer, Rob went to the doctor for an MRI scan and subsequently found out about his complete set of female sexual organs. Rob is now preparing for a hysterectomy to remove the uterus. The Voice reports the operation may cause him to experience menopause.
Doctors believe Rob’s rare case is the result of persistent Müllerian duct syndrome (PMDS), a disease which begins during pregnancy when a developing body doesn’t respond to certain hormones.
While every fetus contains the beginnings of a womb known as the Müllerian duct, males with PMDS fail to respond to the hormones that would normally shrink and eventually cause the Müllerian duct to disappear altogether. The hormones, however, do not affect the growth of the penis, so the exterior genitalia will develop in tact. Generally the condition is discovered at birth or puberty.
Rob said of the revelation:
The diagnosis came as a bombshell. I’ve never seen myself as anything but an ordinary bloke who has a normal sex life. I was shocked when the consultant said I had a fully functioning set of women’s reproductive organs, and I was even having periods.
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.
Since his diagnosis, Rob was referred to a doctor in Manchester to help run further scans and prepare him for his hysterectomy.