Meet Kaylee Moats from Arizona. She is a vibrant, beautiful 22-year-old woman and she happens to have a rare condition – she was born without a vagina or uterus. The condition is called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome or (MRKH). It affects one in 4500 women and is sometimes only discovered in those affected when they are in their late teens when they have not begun menstruation. This was the case for Moats. She was told the news by her gynocologist after an ultra sound at age 18.
Moats says of her condition:
I’m still trying to accept myself, accept what I have and not dwell on it.
It is obviously a huge thing to accept:
It makes me feel less of a woman because I can’t do what a woman is supposed to do.
Being born without a vagina or uterus means Moats cannot have children.
This would have been devastating for anyone to hear, but especially an 18 year old with the world at her feet.
Moats is luckily surrounded by a family who loves her and are willing to do anything to support her. In addition to this, she also has a boyfriend who loves her and is willing to stand by her side. Moats does not have a vaginal opening and as a result, she says her sex life is ‘non-existent.’
Unfairly, the surgery that Moats requires is costly and not covered by insurance. It costs $15,ooo to have a vagina constructed and Moats says it is hurtful to not be covered:
They consider it a cosmetic surgery or a gender reassignment.
Luckily for Moats, her loving family started a Gofundme campaign to raise money for the surgery. Fortunately they have raised enough for the procedure.
It was a really brave thing for Moats to do to come forward and share her condition. While it is rare, there are other women who suffer from this same condition and perhaps by telling her story will help them do something about it.
Some women may not even be aware of the condition and might suffer in silence. Perhaps feeling too embarrassed to even mention anything to their doctor or family means a life of secrecy, but Kaylee Moats has shown she has found the love and support from a family and an understanding partner.
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