I Love Science by Pat Conrad MD

artificialvagina katya

Medicine can be cool. It can be useful, and even fun. “Born with an absent or underdeveloped vagina, women suffering Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome often have difficulty experiencing a normal sex life, can fail to menstruate and sometimes cannot reproduce naturally.”

But now, researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found a way to normalize life for women with severe cases of MRKH: Using patients’ own cells, they have successfully grown vaginas in a laboratory setting and implanted them into four women.

Yes that is cool science, and yes, it will aid those women so afflicted to lead, one hopes, happier lives with more fulfilling intimacy. (and, gratuitous reference, it also reminds me of Katya, the KGB cyborg on “Archer.”)

And yes, it brings enough jokes to mind to get me permanently banned from this site. Were any of the lab techs guys, and if so, did they try to steal samples? Were any notable politicians or the AAFP solicited as donors. Do any of the grant proposals use the word “flavored”?

To my female colleagues here, there are pecker pumps, pills, and implants stories galore, all funny, so please understand, I’m just trying to catch up.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “I Love Science by Pat Conrad MD

  1. Pat
    April 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Geez, I didn’t even think of that – yep, bound to happen.

  2. Cynthia Freel, MD
    April 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Hey Pat,
    How long til the plastics of this world want “new vaginas” when they feel their old vaginas just aren’t up to standards anymore?? Or cuz they want a new shape, one that is all the rage, or one that is flavored??
    You know it will happen, or am I just jaded since I live in L.A.

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