A professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and taken demonstrates the process to engineer a vaginal organ in a laboratory in Winston Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/WFBMC Photography)
Women Get Lab-Grown Vaginas
Patients now have normal sexual function
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Four young women are experiencing normal levels of “desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction” and pain-free intercourse after having lab-grown vaginas implanted, doctors say. The implants—created in a US lab with tissue samples and a biodegradable scaffold—were used in teenage patients starting eight years ago, but this is the first time the results have been made public, the BBC reports. The implants became indistinguishable from native tissue within months and the women are theoretically now able to have children, reports NBC.