Gals and pals, we are knee deep in the future and it’s high time we reminded ourselves of its marvels.
The Lancet, one of the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed journal of medicine, tried to sneak this gem past mainstream media a few days ago under the title “Tissue-engineered autologous vaginal organs in patients: a pilot cohort study”.1
A rare condition, Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome, or vaginal aplasia, has women born without vaginas. From all outward appearances, there appears to be nothing wrong, but further investigation reveals there’s no vagina, cervix, nor uterus.
This extraordinary project to give women a new lease on life is the product of the teams hailing from the Metropolitan Autonomous University, CINVESTAV-IPN, and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Too long; didn’t read, boffins layered a biodegradable scaffold with samples of the women’s submucosal intestinal cells, implanting it into the subjects once it was analogous to a vagina.
And it works, by gum!
“They had normal levels of desire, arousal, satisfaction and orgasm.” Some may also be able to have children. “I truly feel fortunate, because I’ll have a normal life – completely normal,” a patient who wished to remain anonymous said in a video provided by the hospital in Mexico.
Previous techniques to address the condition involved surgically creating a new canal, and grafting material from every source except the pelvic area. Some women have experienced complications, like narrowing of the opening, requiring manual (ahem) dilation of their new organ.