A womb transplant might sound impossible at first, but a uterine transfer project is indeed in the works on a trial basis for 9 women. It is believed that if successful, the transplant might serve as a true hope for pregnancy among many women desiring to have a child in the future. Web Pro News provides the latest on this incredible and still experimental fertility procedure this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.
The womb transplant initiative isn’t that strange an idea when one considers all of the effective kidney, liver, and even heart transplants that are completed here in the U.S. and abroad each and every day. For women and aspiring mothers who are unable to have children because of partial hysterectomies, fertility complications, or even being born sans a uterus, there is a new and fledgling option: a uterine transfer. Experts state that if a female’s ovaries remain intact and they are able to produce eggs, women can still become pregnant by means of artificial insemination.
A majority of the 9 women taking part in the new trial for the womb transplant are around 30 years in age, and participating in the very first official venture to discover whether it is truly possible to transplant a human womb into a woman so they can in fact give birth to their very 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.”
A Gothenberg University doctor, Dr. Mats Brannstrom, is a forefront leader on the new fertility project for a womb transplant. He thinks the technique will be successful, and could really help other women get pregnant on their own. Over 15,000 in the UK alone may benefit from the procedure, particularly for those born without a womb or a uterus with complications
“The 9 women in this latest transplant project were born without a uterus or had it removed because of cervical cancer,” noted the press release.
“This is a new kind of surgery,” Dr. Brannstrom concluded on this hope for pregnancy procedure. “We have no textbook to look at.”