36-year-old Eleanor Rowe was not just born with two wombs but also two cervixes and two vaginas, according to Metro. She was told that she had a rare congenital abnormality that affects only one in one million women. Rowe found out she had the oddity by chance. In 2013, she decided to have some of her eggs frozen just in case. She was in her early 30's and was single. She showed up to her appointment at a London fertility clinic for a harvesting cycle but the technician thought that she was there for a fertility treatment instead.
In 2015, Rowe had an operation in which doctors removed the wall that previously divided her two vaginas which left her with two cervixes and two wombs. Doctors told her that she would likely never be able to carry children, however.
"They said getting a baby to full term would be a process and that every time I would get pregnant it would help to stretch out the womb," Rowe said. "I was also told that there was a 90 percent chance I would miscarry. That was horrific to hear."
A 3D scan of her womb showed evidence of the two wombs, which led to a referral to a hospital where it was confirmed that Rowe had not just two wombs but two cervixes and two vaginas. It was there at Princess Alexandria Hospital that Row received her official diagnosis of uterus didelphys, which developed when Rowe was still in utero.
At first, Rowe was in disbelief. She didn't understand how she could have gone her whole life with not knowing this information. She had gone in for plenty of pelvic exams and been told nothing was out of sorts. In fact, it was just by a random accident that the tech at the fertility clinic saw the abnormality on the 3D scan so that her uterus didelphys could be diagnosed in the first place.
But in 2018, Rowe's life had a change for the better. She fell in love and married a man named Chris. The couple honeymooned in Japan, and while there, Rowe made sure to rub a special fertility tree for good luck. Rowe also cut out processed foods from her diet.
Only two months after the ceremony, she found out that she was pregnant in her right womb. Unfortunately, that happened to be her weaker womb. Rowe's pregnancy was considered high risk and she contracted obstetric cholestasis at 24 weeks, which is a liver disorder that can cause stillbirth. Fortunately, it did not in this case. The couple's daughter Imogen Rose was born on July 9, 2019 after 8 hours via C-section.
Rowe says that she knows that her story is unusual and she is putting it out there in order to give other women in extraordinary circumstances hope when it feels like there isn't any left. Congratulations, Eleanor and Chris on your darling little giirl, Imogen! We wish your family all the best!