Womb Transplant of Nine Women In WorksBy: Tina Volpe - January 13, 2014
A uterine transplant isn’t so far fetched when you think about how far the medical industry has come. Heart, liver and kidney transplants are becoming the norm these days. With the newest transplant attempts of hands, faces and other body parts to improve patients’ quality of life are becoming more common as well.
So, for all women who couldn’t have children due to partial hysterectomies, or were born without a uterus, they can now be considered for a uterine transplant. According to experts, as long as the ovaries are intact and still producing eggs, they can become pregnant by insemination.
Most of the women that have been included in the trial for uterine transplants are in their 30s and are part of the first major experiment to test whether it’s possible to transplant wombs into women so they can give birth to their own children.
Doctors in Turkey have already attempted a uterus transplant with Derya Sert that occurred in August 2011. They also successfully implanted an embryo from Sert’s own egg and she became pregnant. Sert’s pregnancy was terminated after 8 weeks when a heartbeat wasn’t detected.
Dr. Mats Brannstrom, of the University of Gothenberg, who has been leading the experimental fertility project, hopes the technique could help other women who want to become pregnant.
He says up to 15,000 women in the UK could stand to benefit. This includes women either born without a womb or who have womb problems that stop them conceiving.
The 9 women in this latest transplant project were born without a uterus or had it removed because of cervical cancer. Most are in their 30s and are part of the first major experiment to test whether it is possible to transplant wombs into women so they can give birth to their own children.
“This is a new kind of surgery,” Dr. Brannstrom told Associated Press in an interview from Gothenburg. “We have no textbook to look at.”
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