Well That's Fishy. Woman Born Without a Vagina has One Crafted from Fish Skin!
I thought I'd heard just about everything but this takes the cake. First of all, I never even knew women could be born without vaginas and it appears that it's nothing new. The condition is known as vaginal agenesis and affects about 1 in every 5,000-7,000 female births. The condition usually accompanies other developmental disabilities and may women who have it unbearable.
Well, a woman in Brazil was fed up with her lack of vagina that she opted to have an experimental surgery and have one created for her using fish skin!
23-year-old Jucilene Marinho was born without any female reproductive organs but, had a surgery called "neovaginoplasty" in April of 2017. According to reports:
The procedure, performed at the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil, involved creating an opening where Ms Marinho's vagina should have been before inserting a genital-shaped mould lined with the skin of the freshwater fish tilapia.
The fish skin was then absorbed into her body and transformed into tissue that lines the vaginal tract.
After spending three weeks in hospital, Ms Marinho was discharged and is thrilled with the results.
She said: 'My family and friends took me out to "toast" my new vagina!'
Ms Marinho, who spiraled into a deep depression when she thought she would never have an intimate relationship, has even been able to have sex for the first time with her boyfriend of over a year Marcus Santos, 24.
She added: 'It was a wonderful moment because everything worked perfectly. There was no pain just a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction.'
Although Marinho was born with the condition, she wasn't formally diagnosed until she was 15-years-old. Puberty was pretty interesting for her too. She grew breasts and experienced what she thought were menstrual cramps but never any menstrual bleeding.
When asked about the time of her diagnosis, she said:
"'I cried a lot when I found out. 'I thought my world had ended. 'I'd always dreamed of having a baby of my own now I had to accept that wouldn't be possible.' After having the operation, Ms Marinho experienced minor internal bleeding but was told she could have sex at the end of last year. She said: 'At first I was very scared to do it because I thought it would hurt and I was worried it might damage the opening.'I didn't feel any discomfort and there was no bleeding. 'Everything felt sensitive in what I'm told is the right and normal way. It was perfectly natural like the opening had always been there.'It felt so good to have something the majority of women take for granted.'"
I'm glad that things are working out for Marinho and her boyfriend. Who knows, maybe she'll opt for a uterine transplant to help her give birth. I know of a slightly used one she can have for free!