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