Saturday 21 October 2017

'Shocked' businessman prepares for hysterectomy to remove female reproductive organs

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A 37-year-old man is preparing for a hysterectomy after doctors discovered he has a working womb during a medical scan.

The businessman, living in the UK, underwent a scan for suspected bladder cancer when the discovery was made.

The man, who has not been named, was told by doctors that he has a full set of female reproductive organs, despite having normal working male genitalia outside.

In an interview with the Irish Sun, the 'shocked' man, who was named 'Rob' for the purpose of the article, said he is in a relationship with a woman and has a normal sex life.

"The diagnosis came as a bombshell. I'm just a regular, red-blooded guy. I've never seen myself as anything but an ordinary bloke who has a normal sex life," he said.

"I was shocked when the consultant said I had fully functioning set of women's reproductive organs, and I was even having periods.

"It appears I could even potentially get pregnant," he continued.

"But I've been told by doctors I'll be having a hysterectomy in the next few weeks. Bizarrely, that could lead to menopause."

Experts believe Rob may have a rare condition called persistent Mullerian duct syndrome (PMDS) where man develop both external male genitalia and internal female reproductive organs.

People can find out they have PMDS at any time, although most find out they have the condition at birth or puberty.

Doctors discovered Rob had PMDS when they scanned him for bladder cancer after he reported blood in his urine.

"In hindsight I can now see I've been having odd symptoms for years," he added.

"But when I saw doctors they always fobbed me off as if it were all in my mind.

Rob is now preparing for a full hysterectomy and will also have a DNA test to discover his full gender balance.

"It's possible tests will show I'm both male and female, but I feel completely right living my life as a guy," he told the Irish Sun.

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