A teenager has spoken of her ‘total shock’ at being told at the age of 17 she had no vagina. Jacqui Beck, 19, has MRKH, a rare syndrome which affects – meaning she has no womb, cervix or vaginal opening. She was only diagnosed after she went to her GP about – and mentioned in passing that she hadn’t started her periods.
Women with MRKH appear completely normal externally - which means it is often not discovered in childhood, but in the teenage years
‘I was really angry and felt like I wasn’t a real woman any more.’ Beck was admitted to the Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital in London, which specialises in the condition, where she was given dilation treatment, which involved using different sized dilators to try and stretch her vaginal canal – but was told if it didn’t work, she would have to be operated on.