Uterus Didelphys Birth in Michigan

March 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose), Medical | Leave a comment

From Wikipedia: Castor & Pollux

In the myth the twins shared the same mother but had different fathers which meant that Pollux was immortal and Castor was mortal. When Castor died, Pollux asked Zeus to let him share his own immortality with his twin to keep them together and they were transformed into the Gemini constellation. The pair were regarded as the patrons of sailors, to whom they appeared as St. Elmo’s fire.

So apparently, in Greek mythology, there was some kind of freaky threesome between this chick named Leda and two dudes. One dude was Zeus, and the other one was a mortal named Tyndareus. When I first heard about that, I felt bad for Tyndareus, having to compete in a sex contest with a god and all. But now that I think about it, this was a Greek threesome, so chances are that Tyndareus was gettin’ some hot Zeus lovin’ himself during their little impregnation Olympics.

Anyways, what really struck me about the story when I first heard it was the strangeness of a woman being impregnated twice during the same sex romp. That would mean that two different eggs were inseminated by sperm from either man. What are the chance of that happening?

I was reminded of this story recently when I read about Sarah Reinfelder, a woman from Michigan who has given birth to twin daughters, one from each uterus. That’s right, she has two uteruses, a condition known at uterus didelphys.

It’s not really the same situation as the Castor and Pollux thing, but I’m sure you can see why I was reminded.

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