A man from Manchester who was born without a penis has finally lost his virginity using a bionic appendage - made from skin taken from his arm.
44-year-old Andrew Wardle was born with a rare condition called bladder exstrophy that left him without a penis.
He underwent a £50,000 procedure at University College Hospital London to surgically implant a penis onto his body, but had to wait six weeks before he could test it out.
He now says that he has used it for the first time with his girlfriend, 28-year-old Fedra Fabian, in the lead up to a romantic holiday to Amsterdam.
He told The Sun: "I'm so pleased with it. It's fantastic.
"Fedra had booked a romantic trip to Amsterdam for my birthday, but I felt that would have been too much pressure.
"I had to test out the function every morning and night and leave it erect for 20 minutes. So one morning, two days before we went away, it just happened. It was nice and natural - and that's how I wanted it to be.
"After what Fedra and I have been through, it's the cherry on the cake."
Good for them.
On top of that, his girlfriend is also chuffed to bits with it. She said: "It was a celebration of our love. His penis looks normal, it's just operated a little bit differently. When you say Andrew lost his virginity, that's not really the case because you think of someone who doesn't know what they're doing.
"Andrew knew what he was doing.
"It's fantastic - no need to worry about Viagra or getting old. He can do it when he's drunk too!
"Sex isn't the only way to have pleasure. We'd done everything else we were able to. But there was always a point where we had to stop.
"Now we have that freedom to carry on - it's taken our relationship to a different level."
More importantly than that, the bionic penis is actually linked to Andrew's testicles, which raises the very real possibility that the couple might be able to have children at some point, which they both want to do.
Andrew continued: "We would like to have children, two ideally, although there's no rush. I was asked a while ago if I wanted to have my fertility tested and I refused at the time.
"I thought that would be too much pressure on top of everything else with the surgery, but I will do it at some point. If we can't have children naturally, we'll adopt."
He also paid tribute to the surgeons who helped him achieve this happiness. The operation was NHS funded, but was performed by top private surgeons from London's Harley Street.
Wardle concluded: "I'm just looking forward to having a fresh start. It's like I've been through a war and I'm just healing and getting my head straight.
"I owe it to my amazing surgeons to go out and enjoy my life.
"I want to thank everyone past and present in the NHS who has got me to this point in my life - I would not be here without you today."Featured Image Credit: