Well, maybe you can’t grow your own at home, but it can be done in a lab!
Four women who were born without vaginas, or with abnormal ones, as a result of genetic syndrome Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH), now have perfect vajayjayz!
Dr. Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine in North Carolina, and his colleagues have made a pretty huge discovery: they can grow vaginas in a lab using the person’s own tissue, then implant them!
Two of the ladies who were born with a uterus but no vagina are even getting their period now!
It’s all very technical, but according to Reuters this is how it works:
“The researchers started off by collecting a small amount of cells from genital tissue and grew two types of cells in the lab: muscle cells and epithelial cells, a type of cell that lines body cavities. About four weeks later, the team started applying layers of the cells onto a scaffold made of collagen, a material that can be absorbed by the body. They then shaped the organ to fit each patient's anatomy, and placed it in an incubator.
A week later, the team created a cavity in the body and surgically attached the vaginal implants to existing reproductive organs. Once implanted, nerves and blood vessels formed to feed the new organ, and new cells eventually replaced the scaffolding as it was absorbed by the body.
"By the six-month time point, you couldn't tell the difference between engineered organ and the normal organ," Atala said.”
The ladies started the process as teens between 13 and 18, and now all four women are sexually active and their parts are working perfectly!
Just imagine what this could mean for people who want to undergo gender reassignment surgery!
We know that sometimes science can be scary, but this sounds AH-Mazing! We wonder if these women can now have kids!
That would be WONDERFUL!!
Good work, SCIENCE!
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