An Arizona woman who was born without a vagina is trying to raise enough money to pay for an operation that would allow her to have sex with her boyfriend.
Kaylee Moats, 22, was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome when she was 18. Due to her condition, she has no uterus, cervix or vagina, and can never become pregnant.
"I was scared for the future because I didn't know what's coming up next and how I would be able to have my own family one day," Moats told Daily Mail. "I didn't know that I didn't have a vaginal opening until later on because they only did an ultrasound at first."
She said high school was difficult, because she didn't know why she wasn't getting her period.
"It was hard being around people in high school and college when the girls would bring up their periods or talk about their pregnancies and kids. I would always wonder … where do you even put your tampon if I were to start my period since I couldn't see where I could put it in down there."
Most of all, she worried about finding a boy who would be understanding of her condition.
In May, Moats met her boyfriend Robbie.
"I met Robbie in my senior year of college when I was working at the front desk," she told Daily Mail. "He thought I was cute so he came up to me and we started talking since."
"It took about a month for me to tell him that I have MRKH," she added. "He was confused at first but supportive and said that it doesn't change how he sees me."
And while Robbie "doesn't focus on the sexual side" of their relationship, Moats is determined to have a sex life at some point in the future.
"I am looking forward to having a sexual relationship. I'm not sure if I want to wait until marriage but I think having that option there is a lot more comforting."
But the surgery is about more than sex -- it's about seeing herself as a normal woman.
"Getting the surgery will help me feel normal and have all the right body parts as any other girl," she explained. "I won't have to hide that part of my life. That part of my life will be fixed."
Unfortunately, the operation is not covered by insurance, as it is considered to be cosmetic.
To help cover the cost, Kaylee's sister, Amanda, set up a GoFundMe page on her behalf.
"Through many hours of research and direction from the MRKH foundation, we have found two surgeons in the Atlanta area that are well equipped to help," Amanda wrote. "They can perform a surgery that will create a vaginal opening, allowing Kaylee to be able to have an intimate relationship like any other woman would experience. It would give back a part of her that has been missing since birth and dramatically improve her quality of life."
"The cost of the surgery is $15,000 plus hotel, counseling and airfare to Atlanta," she added. "We would be forever grateful for anything you can donate. No amount is too small. Thank you for getting Kaylee one step closer to her goal and allowing her to have a brighter and happier future."
Amanda's GoFundMe campaign for Kaylee has raised over $6,000 in just over two months.