Teen left devastated after learning she cannot have sex because she has no vaginaBy Mason White 12:31 PM November 18, 2013
By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A teenager got the shock of her life when her doctor informed her that she has no vagina.
The teenager, who never got her period, will need a procedure done before she could have sex.
The British teenager said she was in total shock to learn that she was born without a vagina.
During a routine visit to the doctor, Jacqui Beck, 17, mentioned to her doctor that she never got her period.
Tests soon showed that she has MRKH syndrome, which stands for Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome named for the physicians who first diagnosed it.
She was born without a vagina, uterus or cervix.
“I left the doctor’s office crying,” Beck said.
She explained that she was devastated when she realized that she will never know what it is like to be pregnant, give birth and have a period.
“All the things I had imagined doing were suddenly erased from my future,” Beck said. “I was very angry and felt that I was not a real woman anymore,” Beck added.
Surprising as it may be, Beck is not alone. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health, MRKH affects one in 4,500 women.
The disease mainly affects the reproductive system, and causes the vagina and uterus to be underdeveloped or nonexistent.
The external genitalia are normal. Women with MRKH have functioning ovaries and they undergo puberty.
The condition is usually detected once the teen with MRKH tries to have sex, or doesn’t have her period.
Although the condition has no cure, there are several treatment options available for women with MRKH.
Eggs can be removed and fertilized for use in surrogacy, but they cannot get pregnant.
Medical procedures such as dilation or surgery, can help create a vaginal canal in women with MRKH, so they can have sex.