With over twenty years of experience in surgical and holistic methods in the treatment of women with MRKH and all forms of Müllerian Anomalies, we help patients experience a level of health and intimacy they may never have thought possible.
Approximately one in every five thousand women is born without a vagina and/or uterus. And one in every 23 women is born with a uterine malformation that can cause severe pain and fertility problems.
Our goal at the MRKH and Müllerian Anomalies International Center at Academia of Women’s Health & Endoscopic Surgery is to help these women reach their full potential in intimacy, sexuality, and, when possible, childbearing by addressing their needs surgically and holistically. Out attention is undivided. Our techniques are minimally invasive, innovative, and proven. Our process is compassionate. Our knowledge is generational.
If you have been diagnosed with MRKH or another form of müllerian anomaly, please call 404.549.3224, or send an email with your phone number to The Center at info@AcademiaWomensHealth.com.
MRKH – Judith’s Story
According to my mom, I was a healthy, happy, apparently normal baby. My childhood was great. I made friends easily, and I did well in school.
I experienced puberty as most girls do, with the usual sexual curiosity as well as a healthy attraction to boys. I developed pubic hair and breasts and I felt perfectly normal.
I was born with MRKH Syndrome, named after the physicians who first wrote about the condition: Mayer, Rokitansky, Küster, and Hauser. That meant that I had no uterus, no cervix, and a shallow dimple where a vagina would be. The doctor took a great deal of time with us and, along with other options, described a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical treatment that could immediately give me a “neovagina” and potentially make sexual intercourse as pleasurable and fulfilling as if I had been born with a normal vagina. She also explained that MRKH Syndrome was not as rare as we might think, that it affects one in every five thousand women, and that my ovaries were perfectly normal – I could even witness the birth of my own child one day through surrogacy.
My mom and I were filled with all kinds of feelings, from fear to grief to embarrassment. The doctor knew and talked about our feelings.She knew we needed time to comfort each other, and to connect with where we were and what lay before us. She stayed close to us, to help us through the process and to provide whatever treatment we thought would be best.
It certainly wasn’t easy, and it took a while for me to wrap my head around it all, but we made a decision. I would undergo laparoscopic/laparovaginal colpopoesis, the innovative and intricate surgical procedure that the gynecologist had described, to give me a neovagina. She mentioned that I would still need to use dilation to maintain the vaginal length and width I had achieved until I met my “significant other.”
The minimally invasive surgery resulted in the immediate formation of a neovagina without the need of grafts or tractional devices. I was up and walking the same day. I only have small laparoscopic scars from which I recovered well, and I hardly needed any narcotics.
Sometime later, when I was emotionally ready to engage in sexual intimacy, I was overjoyed to discover that sexual intercourse was physically and emotionally wonderful for both me and my partner.
I’m now very happily married, and my husband insists that sexual intercourse with me is “as wonderful as it could ever be.” When the time is right, we’ll have our child through surrogacy.
I love my life completely, and I’m so thankful. Even the downside has its upside. I mean, I may not be able to bear children myself, but I don’t ever have to suffer through a period, either.
Müllerian Anomalies – Chandra’s Story
I’ve always been a normal, healthy girl. I was a cheerleader in high school, I majored in Art History in college, and fell in love with a boy in my Greek and Roman Art class. We got married soon after graduation. He’s definitely my soul mate.
We waited a few years to become pregnant to make sure that we could afford a family. When I was twenty-three, I became pregnant. Twelve weeks into the pregnancy, I lost the baby. My husband and I were devastated, but we decided to try again.
My gynecologist found the problem with a high resolution ultrasound and studied it further with the MRI. He told me and my husband that I had a müllerian anomaly, a birth defect in my uterus. He called it a bicornuate uterus. A normal uterus is pear shaped, but mine was heart shaped, with a deep indentation at the top. My babies had less space to grow than they would in a normal uterus, and the formation or arrangement of my placenta was probably abnormal, and that’s why I lost them.
My husband and I loved children, and the thought that I would never be able to have a baby left us deeply depressed. Then we heard about a gynecologist who was also an endoscopic surgeon who specialized in minimally invasive laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgeries that could correct müllerian anomalies.
She recommended a minimally invasive procedure called a laparoscopic-hysteroscopic metroplasty that would enlarge the space within my uterus and give our next baby enough space to grow to term.
Well, I had the surgery, and I finally gave birth. Twice. I carried to term with both babies, and the deliveries were absolutely normal. So now we have a four-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl. They’re both normal and gorgeous and so happy. I named my daughter after my doctor. My husband and I are so, so thankful.