A woman was shocked when her gynecologist told her the unlikely cause of her constant stomachache.
Michelle Barrow, who originally posted her story in a September 2015 article for the women's magazine XOJane, wrote that she told her gynecologist about having a constant dull ache in her lower abdomen during her annual exam.
Suspecting that Barrow may have been suffering from ovarian cysts, the doctor began examining her vagina. It was then that she discovered strange hairs inside her patient.
"She began the exam and immediately starts muttering to herself, 'What is that? I've never seen anything like that. What the heck IS that thing?,'" Barrow wrote on XOJane.
The doctor initially believed that fibers from a tampon had gotten entangled in the strings of Barrow's IUD, a contraceptive device that is inserted in the uterus. After all of the hairs were removed from Barrow's vagina, however, the doctor showed her patient a 2-inch-long fur ball that was the same color as Barrow's gray cat, Donut.
"HOLY S*** THAT IS CAT HAIR THERE HAS BEEN A BALL OF CAT HAIR INSIDE ME FOR A MONTH THAT IS CAT HAIR AND IT WAS IN MY VAGINA A HAIRBALL HAS BEEN CAUSING MY DISCOMFORT HOLY S*** AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" Barrow wrote about the thoughts going through her head after she realized what had been stuck inside her.
Barrow allows her two pet cats, Donut and Cricket, to sleep in the bed with her and her fiance. She wrote that she believed some of the hair shed by the cats had attached to her fiance's penis and were then transferred inside her during sex. Instead of eventually working their way out of her, the hairs had gotten stuck to the strings of her IUD and accumulated into a fur ball inside her vagina.
Barrow wrote that she now cleans the sheets of her bed regularly, only allows the cats to sleep on the top quilt, and asks her fiance to shower before having sex.
"Sex was definitely touch-and-go for the first few weeks after my appointment and I can't say I blame my fiance for being a little turned off by the thought of my vagina furtata," she wrote on XOJane.
The woman wrote that she has also purchased a speculum online so that she could examine herself if she starts to experience pains in her abdomen again.
"I just think it's amazing, the sheer number of crazy things that can go wrong with vaginas," Barrow said in an interview for New York Magazine.
"I think the moral of the story is that vaginas are crazy mysterious enigmas that we will never really understand, so we may as well just write about how weird they are on the internet," she added.