A young woman who was born with two vaginas revealed that she considered it “normal” to use two tampons every month for her diagnosis.
As a teenager, Tee Bartlett, from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, said she had absolutely no idea that it was unusual to use two tampons at the same time because she assumed all women had two vaginal openings.
But she only discovered that something wasn’t right when she asked her mother “which hole” to insert a tampon, which led to an urgent doctor’s visit.
At age 16, Tee was finally diagnosed with a vaginal septum — a condition that occurs when the female reproductive system does not fully develop, leaving a partition of tissue in the vagina.
Tee Bartlett (pictured) who was born with two vaginas revealed how she considered it ‘normal’ to use two tampons every month before her diagnosis
Her boyfriend Chris has always been a support – and he was ‘fine’ when she told him about her rare condition (couple pictured together)
What is vaginal septum?
A vaginal septum is a condition that occurs when it does not fully develop.
It leaves a dividing wall of tissue that is not visible from the outside.
The tissue wall can run vertically or horizontally, dividing the vagina into two parts. Many girls don’t realize they have a vaginal septum until they reach puberty, when pain, discomfort, or an unusual menstrual period sometimes signals the condition.
Others only find out when they become sexually active and experience pain during intercourse. However, some women with a vaginal septum never have any symptoms.
Source: health line
Before her diagnosis, the now 24-year-old said she remembered the look on her mother’s face when she gathered the courage to ask her how to use a tampon.
“I didn’t really communicate with Mama about difficult subjects at the time,” Tee said.
“One day I had a conversation with my best friend and mother, and finally I asked which hole to put a tampon in, left or right.
‘Mom looked at me like ‘what?’. At the beginning she said there weren’t two holes and we argued a bit, and I was very defensive.
“She then suggested going to the doctor. Then I realized she meant it and there really shouldn’t be two openings down there.’
When they met doctors, Tee said they made her feel “crazy” because they “neglected” everything she told them.
“The second doctor looked at it, then looked at me and said, ‘no, it’s normal,’ and she kind of pushed us out the door,” she said.
‘I left there somewhat bewildered. I was crazy when I thought I had two vaginas. I started to feel like I was going crazy. I doubted myself.’
As a teenager, Tee said she had absolutely no idea that it was unusual to use two tampons at the same time because she assumed all women had two vaginal openings.
Before her diagnosis, Tee aid, she remembered the look on her mother’s face when she gathered the courage to ask her how to use a tampon (picture of her mother on the left and Tee on the right)
But she only discovered that something wasn’t right after asking her mother “which hole” to insert a tampon, which led to an urgent doctor’s visit (Tee pictured at right as a schoolgirl with her friend Chantelle)
Tee’s scans show her two vaginas
Not wanting to give up on finding answers, Tee decided to get a third opinion from another doctor who referred her to a gynecologist, who confirmed she had two vaginal openings.
However, she warned that her double vagina would likely make intercourse and childbirth difficult and potentially dangerous — so Tee underwent surgery to remove the septum at age 17.
‘My wall was too thick to cut out and was as long as a finger, right in front of my cervix. Apparently the vaginal septum is normal for babies in the womb, but it should resolve,” she said.
“Mine just never got resolved. Mine was a bit thicker and longer than usual, so I had to have surgery.’
Tee — who is a high ropes instructor — said she found that “you could get someone stuck inside you during intercourse because the hole is half the size of normal.”
She warned that her double vagina would likely make intercourse and childbirth difficult and potentially dangerous — so Tee underwent surgery to remove the septum at age 17.
Since sharing her experience on social media to raise awareness, Tee said many women have come forward to reveal they are going through a similar condition.
“It drove me crazy,” she said.
“My boyfriend at the time is now my boyfriend and he was fine when I told him. He said we’d just deal with it when the time came.”
Since sharing her experiences on social media to raise awareness, Tee said many women have come forward to reveal that they are going through a similar condition.
“The craziest thing about posting it is the number of girls who have responded saying they have similar issues. They didn’t realize it wasn’t normal,” she said.
‘I’m glad I’m not the only one. I honestly thought for a while that maybe I was an idiot because I didn’t realize you can’t have two openings down there.
“But after I posted a video about it, I realized that nobody really knows we weren’t allowed to have two. It’s something I don’t worry about anymore. That was me, now it’s over and now I’m good.’