A British woman who was born with two vaginas has revealed the emotional and physical difficulties she faced with the rare condition, including prolonged periods and numerous miscarriages.
Nicci will appear on the BBC3 documentary The Woman With Two Vaginas: Living Differently – which will be aired across Britain later this month.
In the documentary, the brave woman speaks about the prolonged periods, numerous miscarriages and the hysterectomy she had to undergo as a result.
Apart from the physical issues, Nicci spoke candidly about the emotional effects of the condition.
She said: “Some guys view you as a trophy and a goal when they find out, like: ‘I had sex with a girl with two vaginas’.
“I felt like a freak of nature.”
In the documentary, she described how her condition had made her feel so bad that she was forced to have a hysterectomy.
She said: “I found out I had two vaginas when I was 17.
“I first knew something was wrong when I was a teenager and I was bleeding more than I should. “The pain was intolerable and, while on my period, I couldn’t function.
“My doctor told me I had two wombs, two vaginas and two cervixes.
“There were times when I had to wear adult nappies because tampons and pads weren’t enough.”
‘The condition has affected my life severely. Relationships with my friends and boyfriends especially.’
To treat the unbearably heavy periods, Nicci was offered hormone treatment, which proved ineffective and made her periods extend to up to four weeks.
Nicci explained that prior to having surgery, her vaginal opening – which was externally normal – would funnel up and split into a Y-shape with two vaginal canals.
Nicci is now happily married to a man called Andy and is ready to tell her story in the documentary.
The World Health Organisation estimates around one in 3,000 women around the world are affected by the condition, which occurs when the uterus fails to fuse properly during development in the womb.
It means a woman can be born with any combination of two wombs, two separate cervixes and sometimes, two vaginas.