Man goes to hospital with stomach ache, gets uterus removed

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(CBS) This is a trip to the doctor one man won't soon forget.

The Daily Telegraph reports that an Indian man identified only as Ryalu checked into a hospital with severe stomach pain, only to find out he had a full female reproductive system in his body.

The doctors initially diagnosed the 35-year-old farmer with a hernia. But when they performed exploratory surgery they found a uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and vaginal tissue.

Needless to say, he was "stunned." Especially since he's all man on the outside and had even fathered two children. He "has no problems whatsoever with his sexuality," according to Dr. Pramod Kumar Shrivastava, a surgeon at Chhindwara district hospital, who spoke to The Telegraph about the case.

Doctors performed a hysterectomy and repaired the hernia. Ryalu is now recovering.

How could a man come to have a uterus?

"It's an embryological accident at the time of embryonic formation," Shrivastava said.

Though most people are born with defined sexual organs, one out of 100 births differ from a standard male or female, according to the Intersex Society of North America.

The NIH has more on intersex.

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