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New Miracle Vagina Implants Are Saving Sex Lives

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The first time vaginas have ever been grown using a patient's cells.

What would life be like if you were physically incapable of having sex? For the one in 4,000 women who are born with Mayer-Von Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKHS), they've lived their whole lives without a vagina, without menstruating, without having sex, and ultimately, unable to give birth. What was once a sentence to either an unusually cruel life or a complicated (and sometimes unsuccessful) surgery, is now being tackled head-on with innovative lab-grown vagina implants. Yes, brand spanking new vaginas grown right in a Petri dish.

Published yesterday in The Lancet, the new study documented the first four women ever to receive custom-made vaginas that were actually grown from patients' own cells. Dr. Anthony Atala of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center claimed that eight years after the organs were implanted, the new vaginas were practically indistinguishable from the rest of the women's body. Best of all, "Standard tests of female sexual function reported normal responses, including desire, arousal, and pain-free intercourse. Two of the girls began to menstruate. Theoretically, they are able to have children," Atala told NBC News

A mind-blowingly miraculous vagina implant, while finally giving tons of women the sex life they deserve, will also have other quite possibly amazing social implications. What's this mean for the future of lab-grown lady parts? The new treatment, which can also shape bladders and create urethral tissue, has the potential to be a game changer for sex reassignment surgery. Trans men and women who have never felt comfortable in their bodies might finally have a chance to grow a whole new set of sex organs, using not prosthesis or organ transplants, but their own cells. 

[h/t NBC News]

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