A 21-year-old woman born with two uteruses has described having sex as “doing the lottery”.
Reiley Davis discovered she had uterus didelphys, also known as a double uterus, aged 16 during a smear test.
The condition is an irregularity that happens before you’re born and some women who have a double uterus also have a double bladder, urethra, and anus.
She got the test after enduring years of agonising periods which left her doubled over as she felt her abdomen was on fire.
The 21-year-old hasn’t had a period in seven years from taking birth control.
But, she says, has left her s.e.x life akin to “doing the lottery”.
The student said that there’s a 50/50 chance of her climaxes being so painful it feels like she’s being stabbed in the stomach.
This results in her having to take pain relief medication right away.
She has shared videos on TikTok about her condition, which means she has two vaginas, cervixes and uteruses, in a bid to raise awareness and comments received from others sharing their own experiences have made her feel not so alone.
Reiley, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, US, said: “There are times where I have intercourse and if I orgasm I’m in excruciating pain.
“Half the orgasms I have are painful. It’s all pain to the point where I have to take pain relief to get rid of it and it takes about 10 minutes for it to go away.
“It feels like I’m getting stabbed 15 times in my abdomen to the point where I have to literally sit in a spot, hold my stomach and hope the ibuprofen kicks in as soon as possible.
“The first time it happened was scary. The doctors told me that it’s probably because I have two uteruses and it’s contracting, doing what it does, when orgasms happen.
“With the orgasms I’m still dealing with that so there’s a 50/50 chance they do hurt or they don’t, so I just kind of have to go with it. It’s like doing the lottery.”
The full-time psychology student started her period aged 12 and had it every two weeks which meant she missed a lot of school due to the ‘excruciating pain’.
Reiley said she was taking muscle relaxers and ibuprofen every day and couldn’t go to school.
She added: “I went to hospital quite frequently because I was in an excruciating amount of pain even when I wasn’t on my period it just felt like I was literally dying.
“It felt like my abdomen area was on fire. It was just hot to the touch, uncomfortable and inflamed.
“It was awful and got to the point where I was crying in pain. I would literally have to be on the ground in the fetal position just to get comfortable and not have the pain as bad.
“I remember nights where I’d be lying in bed in so much pain trying to go to sleep. It was just a very hard experience to go through at that young age.”
Reiley said she was put on birth control at the age of 13 to regulate her periods as they were becoming “too much to bear” and hasn’t had one in seven years.
However, she returned to the gynaecologist because she was still experiencing extreme abdomen pain and was eventually diagnosed with uterus didelphys during a pap smear test.
Reiley claims she’s been told by doctors that her condition means she could become pregnant in one uterus and in the other at a later date, meaning she’d be ‘pregnant twice’.
She’s taken to TikTok to share videos about her uterus didelphys to raise awareness of the condition and has amassed more than 660,000 likes and followers.