Woman finds out she is a man during treatment in Kolkata Hospital – A woman in Kolkata was admitted to a private hospital a month ago and got the shock of her life. The married woman was admitted with pain in lower abdomen. When doctors started treating her, they discovered that she was a ‘man’ suffering from testicular cancer.
Woman finds out she is a man during treatment in Kolkata Hospital
The woman from Birbhum was living a normal life for thirty years and had been married for the last nine years. It was only when she complained of severe pain in lower abdomen that she was admitted to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Cancer Hospital in Kolkata. Clinical oncologist Dr Anupam Dutta and surgical oncologist Dr Soumen Das conducted her medical tests, and found out her “true identity”.
“From her appearance, she is a woman. Starting from her voice, developed breasts, normal external genitalia, everything is that of a woman. However, uterus and ovaries have been absent since birth. She has also never experienced menstruation,” Dr Dutta said.
After test reports suggested that the person has a “blind vagina”, doctors decided to conduct Karyotyping test, which revealed that her chromosome complement was ‘XY’ and not ‘XX’, as found in a woman.
The woman was diagnosed with ‘Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome’ — a condition in which a person is born genetically male, but has all physical traits of a woman. Surprisingly, the woman’s sister also underwent tests and found out she was also diagnosed with it.
“As her testicles remained undeveloped inside the body, there was no secretion of testosterone. Her female hormones, on the other hand, gave her the appearance of a woman,” Dr Dutta stated.
Asked about her reaction to the revelation, he said, “The person has grown up to be a woman. She is married to man for almost a decade. Currently, we are counselling the patient and her husband, advising them to continue living life as they have been.”
“It’s probably in the genes. We have come to know that two of her aunts from the maternal side were also suffering from similar condition,” he added.
It was learnt, that the couple had tried for babies a number of times but failed.
This kind of condition is very rare and can be found with one in every 22,000 people, doctors said.