YouTube star Cassandra Bankson was amazed to discover that she has two vaginas during a routine kidney scan.
Cassandra has been afflicted by severe acne since she was a teenager and even had to leave school because the bullying got so bad. But the 22-year-old – who also works as an international fashion model – shocked her fans last year when she announced the discovery of her second vagina on her channel DiamondsAndHeels14.
After starting the channel just four years ago, Cassandra now has nearly one million subscribers and more than 100 million total views.
In her videos she gives advice on everything from overcoming bullying to applying make-up and treating skincare concerns.
However, last year, after she began having a pain in her lower back, an examination discovered that she had only one kidney – and a second working vagina.
Cassandra, who lives in San Francisco but travels the world modelling, volunteering and connecting with fans, says, ‘When we got the test results back, the doctor said I only had one kidney and flippantly added that I have two vaginas.
‘There is one vaginal opening but inside there are two vaginas, two uteri, two cervixes and two Fallopian tubes. Most vaginas are one large cavity but this is a complete separation into two different cavities.
‘I was shocked and the doctor explained to me that it was like an upside nose. I didn’t really know what to make of it – I was just in shock but I don’t really let it get in the way of my life. It certainly helped explain a lot of things.’
While the condition may not lead to her being unable to conceive or leave her more susceptible to feminine cancers, it can lead to complications.
‘Ever since I was younger I would go to the doctor because I was bleeding for 28 days or I would have two periods a month – but they never suspected I had a second vagina,’ says Cassandra.
‘I always had really bad cramps – I could not move or my bowels would just not want to behave because the cramps were so bad. It is extremely difficult to deal with because you don’t know whether your period is going to last a week or three.
‘As far as my understanding of how it affects a person’s sex life – for some people having two vaginas can make it very painful – for others I assume there are more nerve endings so it could be more pleasurable.’
Cassandra adds: ‘I’m definitely nervous about having to explain this to future partners. It’s not something I’m looking forward to. But hopefully it won’t be an issue – when I do meet someone I’ll be looking for an emotional connection, somebody to laugh and joke with – the sex side of things isn’t a huge issue for me.
‘It’s no real issue for my friends – I just tell them that I’m pretty special but they just see me as Cassy – not Cassy with the two vaginas.’