Custom Made Lady Parts
Devan Merck was born without her lady-parts. She has Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome. This means that she has no vaginal canal, no cervix, and a malformed uterus. The ultimate curse for any woman who dreamed to start a family of her own, biologically, right? Not true! Devan had surgery at age 13 that removed her uterus and created a brand new, functioning genitalia. The disorder affects one in 5,000 women. Devan no longer has to suffer from this. Her doctors even found a way for her to have children!
Devan knew that she was different when she started to experience intense pain. She gave some insight into the details of her journey. “They had to basically make a vaginal opening for me so that I can have intercourse,” Deva said. “I had a thick layer of skin that covered my vaginal opening that they had to cut open then they took skin from my bottom and placed it inside of me. That skin was then rolled up and inserted into the newly created opening to form a vaginal canal.”
Shamed and Bullied
When she was 16, she was able to have a sexual relationship just like any other girl. She admits that she lost her virginity shortly after her operation, but was shamed and bullied for her differences. She says that kids would call her a “boy” and a “freak.” When she did get into a relationship, her boyfriends would always leave eventually. The boy she lost her virginity to made her feel inadequate. He told her she didn’t feel normal and even smelled different than other girls. We’re glad she got rid of that loser.
The light at the end of the tunnel
Devan, 23, has decided to speak out about her condition so that she may help other girls who are going through similar struggles. She hopes to squash the negative stigma that is associated with the condition. She says that her life has done a complete 180 since meeting her husband, Trent. The two have been married for five years. Trent, 28, says that he is very proud of his wife. “I know that this condition is really difficult emotionally and I am just glad I am here to support her. I think she feels guilty about it but I never want her to feel that way and I don’t ever hold it against her,” he says. It turns out that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Devan and Trent.