A woman born without a vagina is hoping to raise enough money to fund a life-changing operation.
Kaylee Moats’ only wish is to ‘feel like a woman’ after a rare congenital disorder left her without a cervix, uterus or vaginal opening.
The 22-year-old, from Arizona in the United States, was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKHS) when she was 18, after becoming worried when she didn’t get her period.
She visited a gynaecologist with her mother and was given the devastating news.
"I was heartbroken and confused when the doctor came in and told me he didn't see a uterus in the ultrasound,” Kaylee explains.
"I didn't know that I didn't have a vaginal opening until later on because they only did an ultrasound at first.”
The golden-haired beauty then did some research of her own and made a shocking discovery.
“I realised I have type one, which is the dimpled skin.
"I went to my mom and said 'I don't see an opening' and we both started crying.”
Kaylee says she finally had answers to questions she’d been grappling with for years.
"I would always wonder, like, ‘where do you even put your tampon?’ if I were to start my period, since I couldn't see where I could put it in down there.”
Like any other women, she still experiences the monthly aches and discomfort of period symptoms, but hers plays out quite differently.
"I do sometimes have sharp pain in my ovaries. I still ovulate like any other woman it just gets dissolved into my ovaries instead of being released."
In order to have the surgery that would give her the female body part she’s spent all her life without, Kaylee would need to fork out $15 000 (R199 800).
Her sister, Amanda, has set up a GoFundMe page, in the hopes of raising the necessary funds.
Photo: GoFundMe/ Kaylee's surgical fund
“As a sister, there was nothing worse than getting that phone call and knowing that my sister’s dreams for her life were changed so drastically in an instant, with nothing I or anyone else could do to make it better,” Amanda wrote.
“The dreams we had of raising families together are going to look a little different than we had initially planned.
“We would be forever grateful for anything you can donate. No amount is too small.”
Kaylee has recently started dating her boyfriend, Robbie Limmer, and says he’s been nothing but understanding and supportive.
"It took about a month for me to tell him that I have MRKH. He was confused at first but supportive and said that it doesn't change how he sees me.”
Although their dating life is a bit different to that of other couple, Kaylee says they don’t pay much attention to their inability to have a sexual relationship.
"I'm not sure if I want to wait until marriage but I think having that option there is a lot more comforting.
"He doesn't really focus on the sexual side of our relationship because we can't do anything since I don't have a vaginal opening.
"But I am looking forward to having a sexual relationship.”
Sources: mirror.co.uk, GoFundMe