Living with MRKH

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Living with MRKH thumbnailRebekah Knight, who was diagnosed with MRKH at 16 years old, aims to raise more awareness of reproductive health. SPB10-20

A BALLYMONEY woman is now a self-published author after writing a book about her reproductive condition MRKH, where she aims to raise awareness of the condition that affects up to one in every 5,000 women each year.
Rebekah Knight, 25 from Ballymoney, told The Chronicle how she was diagnosed with MRKH (Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser) when she was just 16, a condition where female reproductive organs such as the uterus, cervix, and vagina are not fully developed, causing women not to have a menstrual cycle and the inability to have children.
Rebekah said her main aim of writing the book is to end the stigma of discussing reproductive health and raising awareness of many conditions.
Rebekah explained, "I found out that I was diagnosed with MRKH when I was 16 years old. I went through school and college wondering why I wasn't going through my menstrual cycle and went to the doctors to get checked out. I was later referred to the Causeway Hospital's gynaecologist department, where I completed a lot of examinations, blood tests and MRI scans.
“I was eventually told that I did not have a womb and a small vagina and that I could be sent Royal Victoria in Belfast to get surgery to help this. I was later told by my gynaecologist that I would not be able to become pregnant due to the condition, which was difficult to come to terms with at just 16 years old.
“I was heartbroken when I was told of my condition. It's not the kind of news any woman would expect to hear, especially as a teenager, which is tough enough with other changes happening thanks to puberty. But now, being 25 years old, it has got a lot better. It was hard for both my family and I to really understand what was going on. But as I've got older , I realise that it isn't that bad, and that there is light at the end of the tunnel."
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