The Sex Lives of Conjoined Twins
Abby and Brittany Hensel are abbt twins determined to live the normal, active life of outgoing anywhere. They have been to university, they travel, they have jobs. But how easy is it for two people to inhabit one body? Like most year-olds Abby and Brittany Hensel love spending time with their friends, going on holiday, driving, playing sport such as volleyball and living life to the full.
The identical, conjoined twins from Minnesota, in the United States, have graduated from Bethel University and are setting out on their career as primary school teachers with an emphasis on maths. Although they have two teaching licences, there is one practical difference when it comes to the finances. Or catch up later on iPlayer UK only. The twins know each other so well that they often say the same things or finish each other's sentences, and are supportive and understanding of the other in all aspects of life.
Find out more about the condition. With two sets abby and brittany hensel 2012 dating lungs, two hearts, two stomachs, one liver, one large intestine ajd one reproductive system, they have learned from a young age to co-ordinate their body, with Abby controlling the right hand side and Brittany the left.
There is a difference in height and at 5ft 2in 1. As their two legs are different lengths, Brittany has to stand on tip toe, on hehsel leg, to ensure abby and brittany hensel 2012 dating maintain their balance. They have had to learn to reach compromises on everything from what food they eat to their social life and even the clothes they wear. While Abby is seen as the "outspoken" sister and will always win the argument about what they are going to wear, Brittany says her twin is also hennsel more of a "homebody," whereas she prefers going out.
There are other differences too. Brittany is scared of heights, whereas Abby is not. Abby is interested in maths and science, while Brittany prefers the arts. They also hennsel differently to coffee. After a few cups Brittany's heart rate increases, but Abby is not affected. Conjoined twins Eng and Chang Bunker were born on 11 May in Siam, now called Thailand. They were joined at the chest and although the knowledge was not available at the time, it would have been possible to separate the twins using today's medical techniques.
At the age of 17 they joined Scottish merchant Robert Hunter's world tour exhibiting themselves. Their fame led to the term "Siamese twins" being coined to describe conjoined twins. In they became American citizens and took the surname Bunker. Four years later they married two sisters Adelaide and Sarah Ann Yates. Chang had 10 children and Eng After suffering severe bronchitis, Chang died in January and Eng shortly afterwards.
Their liver is on display at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. Despite having a normal family and social life, studying and working like any other young women, they do face some additional problems. For example, they have to put up with speculation about their private life - something they prefer not to discuss. The twins deny a rumour that Brittany has become engaged, describing it as a "dumb joke".
Travelling to a new country with friends on holiday is also not as straightforward for conjoined twins. They have two passports, but one ticket as they only take up one seat on the aeroplane. However they also have to be on their guard and more aware of entering crowded or confined spaces because members of the public will often try to take unwelcomed photographs. As a close friend of the twins Erin Junkans says you always need to be alert because you never quite know how people are going to react or what they are going to say.
Female siblings tend to have a better survival rate than male siblings. Any operation to separate conjoined twins is a highly complex and dangerous process. It was a risk that Abby and Brittany's parents did not want to take for fear that one of the twins might not have survived the surgery or have the same quality of hesnel they do now. With possibly fewer than 12 adult pairs of conjoined twins across the world today, Abby abby and brittany hensel 2012 dating Brittany Hensel are defying the odds.
Their anr, Patty Hensel, says her hopes and aspirations for her daughters' future are just the same as anyone else's. As they embark on their working life together, the twins aim to take things day by day and brittanu not tend to look forward to where they will be or what they will be doing in 10 years' time. With their position as teachers they have become role models for children academically, but also in their attitude to life, overcoming any challenges.