Today is one of those days where I’m glad to be a woman, but also very confused about being a woman. You see, tomorrow Tyra Banks is having a woman on her show who has two vaginas. You read that right. The reason I’m confused is it’s been a long time since sex ed, and I think a lot of us tend to use the word “vagina” to refer to much more than what’s actually the vagina. It’s sort of an all-encompassing term. Luckily, Tyra goes over the nitty-gritty with the woman, Lauren Williams, and they chat about all the things that Lauren has two of, and exactly what kinds of issues that leads to.
It’s a “Tyra Show” international exclusive, meet the woman who was born with two vaginas in an episode scheduled to air on Friday, November 6th. Lauren Williams, who is now 29 years old, was born with two vaginas.
Lauren Williams: “I’ve got two uteruses. Just one to each (fallopian tube), then they go down to two cervixes, and then it did go down to the two vaginas.” Williams, who was diagnosed with two vaginas when she was 25-years-old, also believes she has 2 periods.
Lauren Williams: “I think so because my periods generally last about 21 days…When I was a teenager I had really heavy periods…I would have to change pads every hour.” Tyra also questions Williams on her ability to have children and was amazed by her answer.
Lauren Williams: “The doctor in England said pregnancy wise, it should be okay…if I do get pregnant it should push the other uterus over to one side and keep it out of the way. Me and my partner would need to plan on using condoms just in case I got pregnant in the other one.”
Tyra Banks: “You’re the only pregnant woman that can get pregnant while pregnant.” Tune in to find out what sex is like for Lauren and what 2 vaginas looks like!
[From The Tyra Show’s promo email]
Since the vagina is the opening (I quadruple checked that), that means Lauren has two openings. And that’s what confuses me – how did she only get diagnosed at 25? I can understand how she wouldn’t know about the inside business with the uteruses. But most women start going to the gynecologist around 16. And doctors do check even little kids to make sure everything looks alright down there. How could no one have spotted the two openings until she was 25?
Lauren says in the video that she thinks she has two periods because it starts off really heavy, then sort of peters off, then starts all over again. Her phrasing makes it sound like she’s almost never completely without a period. That sounds just miserable to me. She can get pregnant so that’s good. It seems like the only huge negative is the constant menstruation.
I can’t stand Tyra and make it a policy to never ever watch her show. But I will abso-freaking-loutely be staring intently at the T.V. tomorrow. I need to know about how sex works. Can her partner choose Option A or Option B? How does she explain these things to him? It reminds me of the time my very quirky sixth grade biology teacher told my class about how snakes have two penises, and they can alternate. When we didn’t believe her she pulled one out of its formaldehyde jar and showed us. I really hope no one ever makes that comparison to Lauren. I’m not making that comparison. I’m just saying her story reminded me of that story.
Hey, but at least she’s just got one fallopian tube per uterus. I think?