Aunt Vadge: is there any way to treat my underdeveloped ovaries and uterus?

Good day Aunt Vadge, 

I am a  woman of 34-years-old. I have never seen my monthly flow. My gynaecologist said it’s primary amenorrhoea. The scan reveals that both uterus and ovaries are underdeveloped.

Please, is there treatment for such an abnormality?


Dear Underdeveloped,

Thanks for your email.

Primary amenorrhoea in your case has been caused by underdeveloped uterus and ovaries, but you need to talk to your doctor about just HOW underdeveloped they are so you know what your options are.

This is an anatomical abnormality that cannot be undone, but your ovaries may still work and your uterus may still work.

You may never have a menstrual cycle and possibly won’t be able to conceive or carry a baby, but you should know for sure – you are 34, and that means the fertility timer is on.

I’m not sure if your doctor explained your situation to you adequately, but we have a lot more information on this condition in our Differences of Sexual Development (DSD) section and anatomical abnormalities section. There are a lot of people just like you!

Find out from your doctor exactly what yours is called, so you can find more information – there are a lot of complicated names for things, so it helps to be really specific.

It’s hard to know exactly where you’re at without a name – the ovaries and the uterus actually form in the womb via different systems, and usually one is left intact.

Let me know if you need any further guidance.

Warmest regards,
Aunt Vadge  

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