A teenager named Mikey Chanel, 18, is now four months pregnant with donor sperm.
Mikey claims to have grown up as a boy, but always feels that he is different from his male friends.
Tests performed on Mikey while still in his mother’s womb revealed that she was a woman, so her family and doctors were shocked when she was born with male genitalia.
“It was clear to everyone that I was different from the start,” said Mikey, who lives in Boston, United States (US), was quoted as saying Daily Mirror, Tuesday (17/11/2020). (Read: A 48-year-old man marries a 13-year-old daughter, becomes his fifth wife)
“At the age of five I was playing with my Aunty’s purse and wearing my mother’s lipstick,” she said.
She found out the truth about her body after regular visits to the doctor.
“I never felt like a boy. I was very effeminate and I never really had problems with ‘child puberty’,” he explained.
“I only have a little facial hair. I’ve always had a feminine body, with hips and buttocks,” she says.
“I was bullied at school, everyone said I was a jerk, tranny, since the third grade, before I even knew what it really meant, “he explained.
Mikey came out gay at the age of 13, and then wondered if he could possibly be transgender.
The truth only came to light accidentally last year when Mikey underwent some routine tests at the doctor.
“I had a strange feeling after urinating and after sex, so they did an ultrasound of my urinary tract,” said Mikey.
“They told me that I have a cervix, ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes and that I could get pregnant if I wanted to,” he explained.
“I actually thought it was a joke. I didn’t even know this was possible. I was like ‘haha where is the camera’?”
“Then they showed me my uterus on the screen,” he added.
Mikey was diagnosed with Persistent M llerian duct syndrome (PMDS), a rare condition in which a person has male external genitals, with female reproductive organs on the inside.
The doctor advised Mikey to immediately undergo a hysterectomy. “People with PDMS are prone to cancer and tumors and the risk is reduced if you have a hysterectomy,” says Mikey.
“My male part came back infertile, but I was told my ovaries were functioning,” she said. (Read: British mosque attackers asked to be jailed so they could learn the Koran)
“I went into shock for a few weeks, then I realized I wouldn’t be able to have children unless I brought them myself, and soon.”
“I always knew I wanted to be a parent. I used to play with baby dolls when I was little and I always look at children in the future, so I decided, ‘now or never I have to try and get pregnant’.”
Mikey underwent a series of fertility procedures, including ICSI, in which donor sperm is injected directly into a woman’s egg to create a fertilized embryo.
The fertilized embryo is then placed in the fallopian tube during a laparoscopic procedure called a ZIFT.
The three fertilized embryos were implanted into Mikey’s fallopian tube through the abdominal cavity because he did not have a vaginal opening.
Mikey, now four months pregnant, said: “I was told there was only about a 20 percent chance it would work, but it worked. I was so shocked, but happy. I can’t wait to be a parent.”
“My parents were rarely around when I was little, so I wanted to be a parent that my parents couldn’t, I really wanted to be there for my child,” he said.
“I want to be there for everything from the first step to the first word until they graduate from college. I want to be there for everything and whatever they choose in life.”
Mikey has been prescribed estrogen to help with the pregnancy and she hopes to continue the transition further after the baby is born.
“I feel more like a woman now than ever,” she said.
Mikey talked about his experience of raising awareness about PMDS and helping people understand that this is a normal medical condition that can happen to anyone at birth.
She also wants to break the social stigma around gender non-conformity.
“Nobody’s really talking about this, most people haven’t even heard of it,” said Mikey.
“There is not much research on it and not many tests, often found accidentally, as in my case,” he explained.
“I feel there needs to be more research, I’m just trying to educate people about it. Once people understand it, it can break the enormous stigma around gender and in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.”