A woman who was born without a vagina has become the first in the world to undergo pioneering surgery that constructed a new vaginal canal out of fish skin.

The surgery was done in April last year at the Federal University of Ceara (UFC), Brazil, but has only just been revealed after it was confirmed as a success.

The patient, 23-year-old Jucilene Marinho, has now spoken for the first time and talked about how the revolutionary operation using skin of the tilapia fish has changed her life and allowed her to have sex for the first time.

An ecstatic Ms Marinho spoke for the first time to FocusOn News about how the ground-breaking surgery has changed her life and made her feel like "a proper woman" who now enjoys a healthy sex life. 

The young university student from Lavras da Mangabeira was diagnosed in her teens with having no cervix, uterus, ovaries or womb. However, to doctors’ surprise, she developed normally throughout puberty and even experienced menstrual cramping pains in her stomach but never had a period. 

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At the age of 15 she was given the crushing news there was nothing but connective tissue behind the skin blocking the opening of her vagina. 

She spiralled into a deep depression fearing she would never experience an intimate and loving relationship. This worsened when a teenage boyfriend mocked and broke up with her after discovering the disorder. 

But last year, six months after agreeing to become the first of four women to have the experimental procedure, Ms Marinho had sex for the first time in her life with her partner Marcus Santos, 24, who she has been with for over a year and who has supported her throughout the ordeal.