With over 1.5 million views, YouTube star Cassandra Bankson’s video where she announces she has (wait for it) TWO vaginas, continues to cause some head scratching.
So how in the heck can a woman have two vaginas, complete with all the fixings?
The 22-year-old San Franciscan model shares with her YouTube fans exactly how she came to this realization.
“I was freaking out. I have two vaginas. WTF,” she says, turning her disbelief into excitement. “What can I say? I’m twice the woman.”
Let us spare you the 15 minute video where she spends a hefty portion talking about a wild duck she tried to rescue, and instead talk about a very real phenomenon that faces about 1 in 2,000 women worldwide.
Bankson was diagnosed with the rare condition called uterus didelphys in 2014. Although the condition largely continues to mystify doctors, here’s what we know about it so far.
During the embryonic stage of human development, the uterus starts out as two small tubes. As the fetus develops, the tubes join to create one larger organ — the uterus. But sometimes the tubes don’t join together and instead develop into two completely different structures. In many of those women, like Bankson, you end up with two vaginal openings and two cervixes.
“Holy crap,” she says in the video after learning the news from her doctor. “That explains my 21 day period. This explains my unruly mood swings.”
According to Mayo Clinic, a double uterus is sometimes never diagnosed, and likely higher in women with a history of miscarriage or premature birth.
As for sex, there’s only one vaginal opening with two roads to take inside. Sometimes one vagina is larger than the other, which is where intercourse would happen. Other times, one of the vaginas is blocked all together.
Bankson should be able to continue on with her life normally, although it might be harder for her to get pregnant. Treatment for this condition is only needed if there are serious complications like pelvic pain or repeated miscarriages