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A man who believes he is a woman, whose constructed vagina began to constrict, had a new vagina created by using a rather different piece of equipment: the skin of a fish. A tilapia, in fact, according to the New York Post.
The trans individual, named Maju, 35, recalled, “I was the fourth person in Brazil in 1999 to have, what was then, experimental surgery. But ten years ago I developed vaginal stenosis. The opening of my vagina started to get narrower and shorter and the canal collapsed.” Maju and partner later divorced.
The procedure, called neovaginoplasty, “used a tubular-shaped acrylic mold wrapped with the skin of the freshwater fish in the form of a biological prosthesis to rebuild and extend the vaginal canal in a three-hour operation on April 23,” according to the Post, which added, “The process involved inserting two separate molds to create the new vagina. The first device, mounted with the marine membrane, was incorporated inside the vagina over a period of six days. … The tilapia membrane attached to and recoated the walls of the vaginal canal acting like stem cells.”
The fish is reportedly odor-free. Gynecologist Leonardo Bezerra, who performed the surgery, one of at least 10 he has done, told FocusOn News: “We were able create a vagina of physiological length, both in thickness and by enlarging it and the patient has recovered extremely well. She is walking around with ease, has no pain and is urinating normally. In a couple months we believe she will be able to have sexual intercourse.”
The first surgery that Bezerra performed using the tilapia was done in April 2017 on a biological woman, Jucilene Marinho, who was discovered in her teens to have no cervix, uterus, ovaries or womb. Marinho recalled of discovering her problem, “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.” Post-surgery, after she had sex with her boyfriend for the first time, she stated, “At first I was very scared to do it because I thought it would hurt and I was worried it might damage the opening. But it was a wonderful moment because everything worked perfectly. There was no pain, just a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction.”
Bezerra explained the problems with man-made vaginas constricting: “This is because, in the traditional procedure, most of the inside parts of the penis are removed and the penile skin is folded into the space between the urethra and the rectum. The outside skin of the penis then becomes the inside of the vagina. But because the patient has had hormonal treatment to develop female characteristics, there is penile and testicle atrophy resulting in shrinkage in the size of the penis caused from the loss of tissue. This means the vagina can also be small.”
Bezerra noted that the original vagina constructed for Maju had problems, as erectile structures were left inside. He stated, “The presence of these leftovers of the penis aggravated the closure of the vaginal tract, worsening the symptoms.”