The Chinese government has launched an investigation into a woman who reportedly lost her penis during childbirth.
The woman, who did not want to be named for fear of retaliation, told local media she was born with a pelvis deformity and was forced to have a second operation to remove the abnormal organ, a local newspaper said.
A Chinese doctor has confirmed the condition.
A few weeks ago, Chinese media reported that the condition was more common in rural areas of northern China.
Experts said it could also be caused by a virus.
The condition is also known as the “penis in china” condition, a name for the pelvic deformity that can be caused if a child is born with an abnormal organ.
A report in the Chinese language Global Times said the woman was born a girl but had two surgeries to remove a pelve deformity.
The problem is a rare but dangerous condition that can cause life-threatening problems, including pneumonia.
A woman can be born with the pelvic condition, called the “inverted pelvis”, and be unable to have sexual intercourse.
Experts have warned against the practice of having the surgery, saying the risk of infection is high.
“Penis in China” is a catchphrase coined by a blogger known as “The_Chinese_Doctor,” who said the condition is caused by an infection that affects the womb and the bladder.
China is one of the top five countries where the rate of circumcision remains high, with almost two million people being circumcised every year, according to a report by the United Nations.
In 2013, a Chinese doctor described the problem as a “national emergency.”