Holy Hormones Journal: Scientific break though for creating vaginas as replacement organs for women who need reconstructive surgeries. Pregnant pause…. very pregnant pause… still pausing.
While this ‘reconstructive’ surgery may restore a normal sex life, menstruation and perhaps the ability to achieve pregnancy for women born with deformed vaginas, I am concerned that this type of surgery may enter mainstream as a cosmetic option.
While ‘science’ may be the saviour here – my concern is – and if I could I would be studying why women are being born with defective vaginas; how many women are in need and is this number increasing. We can only guess at how generations of toxic overload (including synthetic hormones and xenoestrogens) and hormone imbalance- will affect a woman’s body.
My intuition is screaming that this may become a dangerous precedent. Beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. I always defer to Margaret Atwood’s infamous prophecy of a young woman put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility in her compelling book The Handmaid’s Tale.
Scientists grow viable vaginas from girls’ own cells
By Julie Steenhuysen
CHICAGO, April 10 Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:30pm EDT
(Reuters) – Four young women born with abnormal or missing vaginas were implanted with lab-grown versions made from their own cells, the latest success in creating replacement organs that have so far included tracheas, bladders and urethras.
Follow-up tests show the new vaginas are indistinguishable from the women’s own tissue and have grown in size as the young women, who got the implants as teens, matured.
It is not yet clear whether these women can bear children, but because they are menstruating, it suggests their ovaries are working, so it may be possible, said Dr Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine in North Carolina.
The feat, which Atala and colleagues in Mexico describe in the journal the Lancet, is the latest demonstration from the growing field of regenerative medicine, a discipline in which doctors take advantage of the body’s power to regrow and replace cells.