Woman hasn’t had sex with husband for 15 years never will after having vagina removed

A woman hasn’t had sex with her husband for 15 years and never will after having her vagina removed.

As a teenager, Natasha Owens, now 45, felt hot and sweaty, had low mood and anxiety, and never started her period.

Natasha, who claims she was abused as a teenager, was terrified of being physically examined.

But at 25, Natasha met her husband Damien Owens, 49, a decorator, and she finally decided to face her fears and seek medical help.

Doctors revealed that Natasha had gone through the menopause aged just 13 and told her she would never be able to have children.

Damien stood by Natasha and they saw their dream of having a family come true when they adopted siblings James*, 18, and Amy*, 16, in 2006.

The children's names have been changed at the request of Natasha and Damien.

But at 30 years old Natasha was diagnosed with severe erosive lichen planus – an incurable condition that causes painful ulcers to develop in the genital area – meaning she hasn't been able to have sex for 15 years.

After years of unsuccessful treatment, Natasha had a hysterectomy at Liverpool Women’s Hospital in December 2017 because her vagina was full of trapped blood.

But in 2019, doctors found fluid trapped at the top of her vagina and Natasha had to have a full vasectomy in May 2019 – leaving her with only 2cm of vagina left.

Natasha will never be able to have sex again, but says her relationship with her husband has 'never been stronger.

Natasha, a hairdresser, from, The Wirral, Merseyside said: “We just get on with it and it doesn’t matter to him or me.

“He knows it’s not that I don’t want him but because I can’t.

"I've got used to living without a vagina and I won't let it define me."

At 25 years old, Natasha was told that she had gone through menopause when she was just 13 because of her premature ovarian proficiency - a condition where the ovaries stop functioning normally before the age of 40.

She was also told that she would never have children of her own.

Natasha said: “That was a bit of a blow, I didn’t know that it was that horrendous.

“I had done a bit of processing, but it was the final nail in the coffin when somebody finally says it.

“It was awful.

“I’m quite a resilient person and I just got on with it but just to hear it was difficult.”

 

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