Vagina’s Don’t Grow On Tree’s, But They Do Grow In Labs

Major steps have been taken in rectifying vaginal problems in women with vaginal aplasia, a very serious condition that effects a small percentage of the UK’s female population. Vaginal aplasia is characterised by improper formation of the vagina when the foetus is still in the womb. Some choose to have their vagina surgically reconstructed which is either lined with skin grafts or parts of the intestine.

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in America have managed to build a vagina based on scans of the pelvic area, which were then used to form a 3D scaffold of the desired vaginal wall. The new vagina was grown from a biopsy taken from the poorly developed vulva, and used muscle cells to support the outside of the vaginal scaffold.

These developments can make profound positive impacts on the lives of ladies that suffer with vaginal aplasia. They reported being able to function normally sexually, whilst also having the potential to have a baby themselves!

Source

BBC News Health, (2014). Doctors implant lab-grown vagina. Retrieved 15th April, 2014, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26885335

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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