My name is Colleen. I live in Los Angele, CA. I'm about to be 34 years old. I have a beautiful little 1 1/2 year old boy. I have UD.
I first got my period at age 11. That summer a few friends and I wanted to go swimming, but I was menstruating. I asked my bestfriend at the time, "Which side do you put the tampon in?" She had no idea what I was talking about. I didn't go swimming that day or any day for years if I was menstruating.
At age 16, I got pregnant and miscarried. The doctors then diagnosed me with a bicornuate uterus. After researching a little, I knew this wasn't my final diagnosis.
At age 19 and 25, I got pregnant and miscarried again.
I was under the care of various doctors and not one ever mentioned UD to me. One day I saw an interview of a young woman with UD on TV and a mental light bulb went off. I made an appointment with an OB/Gyn and explained my situation and the interview. I did indeed have UD. An ultrasound was performed and it was discovered that I had 2 uteruses, 2 cervixes, and 2 vaginas.
At age 29, I had another pregnancy and miscarriage.
At age 31, I got pregnant again and was devastated. I couldn't bare the thought of another miscarriage. I went to my OB/Gyn and MFM OB week after week and the baby was fine. At 32 weeks, my OB had me come in twice a week because my son was a big baby and he was getting squished in my little uterus. She finally decided that it was time for him to be delivered at 34 weeks and 2 days via csection. At the time of my surgery, she took a closer look at my anatomy and said that each reproductive system is exactly the same in size and health.
My son spent 10 days in the NICU on a CPap machine, but was very healthy and came home on New Year's Eve.