Man with a womb intersex story in THE SUN newspaper…
British man Rob stunned by discovery he has working uterus, cervix and ovaries. He is due to undergo HYSTERECTOMY within weeks.
Rob came to Featureworld to raise awareness of his extraordinary intersex story. After being investigated for bladder cancer scans showed he has a fully functioning women’s womb and reproductive system.
The businessman first saw his doctor after suffering abdominal discomfort.
He and his partner were worried he might have cancer. So nothing could have prepared them for what the doctor said. Not only has Rob got a fully functional uterus but he also has ovaries and a cervix.
Incredibly he has also suffered bleeding when he urinates which he believes could be monthly periods, sometimes suffering from pre-menstrual tension. And it’s even possible he could carry a baby.
Rob – who is medically termed intersex – is now set to have a hysterectomy. Bizarrely he is worried about going through the menopause.
His extraordinary story began when he was a boy and had to undergo an operation for an undescended testicle. That was successful and from the outside well spoken macho Rob is all man. He never developed any breasts and has a deep voice. He is heterosexual.
But over the years Rob suffered on and off from bleeding when he went to the loo and abdominal discomfort during and after sex.
Despite this he went on to meet his partner and have a normal sex life.
The couple desperately want a baby. But tests on his sperm have revealed many of them would not be capable of fertilising an egg.
And increasingly worried about symptoms of pain and bleeding, he saw a doctor who referred him for tests.
At first doctors investigated Rob for cancer. Thankfully they found no sign of cancer. But a scan then showed up a perfectly formed female reproductive system. His consultant said he has never seen anything like it and Rob has been referred to another specialist, whom he is due to see in the next few weeks.
Rob, who faces undergoing more hormone tests to discover if he is XY (male) or XX (female) or indeed a rare XXY said: “Incredibly it appears I could get pregnant. But much as I would like a baby, getting pregnant would feel too weird. Instead I hope that getting the female reproductive removed will improve the quality of my own sperm and I can have a baby as a man.”
He adds: “I feel completely right as a heterosexual man. I am relieved as for years I have felt something wasn’t quite right – now I know what it is and something can be done about it.”
HIs partner says it makes no difference to her – she was shocked – but loves him anyway.
Rob’s incredible story appeared anonymously in The Sun newspaper and was backed up by his hospital consultant who confirmed to Featureworld and The Sun his story is true.
Featureworld and The Sun spoke with medical experts who said most intersex issues are discovered soon after birth. It is rare to find something like this out when you are older and Rob is likely to be one of only a handful of adults with this.
They believe it is likely to be Persistent Müllerian Duct Syndrome, a disorder of sexual development that affects males. Males with this disorder have normal male reproductive organs, though they also have a uterus and fallopian tubes, which are female reproductive organs.
The first noted signs and symptoms in males with persistent Müllerian duct syndrome are usually undescended testes.
Other effects of persistent Müllerian duct syndrome may include the inability to father children (infertility) or blood in the semen (hematospermia). Also, the undescended testes may break down (degenerate) or develop cancer if left untreated.
Rob hopes telling his story in a national newspaper will help raise awareness. And his story made the front page and two pages inside the paper.
He is still coming to terms with the shock of his discovery himself and believes doctors should have diagnosed this earlier – and he hopes anyone with similar symptoms reading his story will get themselves checked out.
For more information and help contact the UK Intersex Association (UKIA): www.ukia.co.uk
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