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Doctors Successfully Create And Implant Working Lab-Grown Vaginas For Women (And Men)

by | 15th, April 2014

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PSST! Want to buy a vagina? Four women born with an underdeveloped or absent vagina have been living with artificial ones for the past four years. The women suffer from Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH).

* Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is a disorder that occurs in females and mainly affects the reproductive system. This condition causes the vagina and uterus to be underdeveloped or absent. Affected women usually do not have menstrual periods due to the absent uterus. Often, the first noticeable sign of MRKH syndrome is that menstruation does not begin by age 16…

The Verge notes:

The traditional treatment for women with MRKH involves reconstructive surgery or painful dilation procedures. These interventions can be quite traumatic they have a complication rate of 75 percent in pediatric patients so researchers wanted to find a way to avoid them altogether. That’s why they set out to engineer vaginas, described in a study published in  The Lance today that would be compatible with each patient.

The vaginas are made from human cells removed from the women’s genital areas.

Anthony Atala, a urologist at Wake Forest University who conducted the trials, and his team

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