Womb Transplants May Become a Reality

Womb transplants may soon become an option for women born without a womb, or those who’ve had their wombs removed due to disease. Animal experiments have been successful and now doctors are ready to try implanting donor wombs into the body’s of wombless women desiring to conceive and carry their own baby, according to an article in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research.

A womb transplant wouldn’t be easy, or budget-friendly though — a close tissue match must be found (from a mom or sister for example) and immunosuppressant drugs would be required to prevent organ rejection, a c-section is a must because transplanted wombs wouldn’t be able to handle the strain of natural childbirth, women would likely need IVF to become pregnant in the first place, and the womb would need to be removed after one or two pregnancies.

As a medical advancement, the possibility of a womb transplant is impressive, but do we really need to go there? IVF and other fertility treatments can help pregnancy become a reality for many women, and for women who can’t conceive and carry their own child even with those technologies, this may be the only answer — but should there be a point at which we say there simply isn’t an answer? Even with the ability of womb transplant technology, very few women will be able to afford the costly production it requires, and many are still questioning the safety of the procedure.

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  1. by Tania

    On March 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I think this can be a silution for those whose religion does not support the using of a surrogate woman to carry their child. I think it can help many families who want to have afamily but in a process that conforms to their religious beliefs.

  2. by Jessica

    On March 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I think that yeah it would be a good thing for women who don t have wombs but than agian not very many families now days have that kind of money. What are the risks? High risks… Its a little too far out i think.

  3. by awn

    On March 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

    There are so many kids that need loving home all around our country, if they have that kind of money adopt 2 or 3! i know people will say it’s not the same….. and from experience a c-section is NOT like giving birth, and the complications from the c-section alone should make anyone re-evaluate this. Scary what some women will do to their bodies.

  4. by Danielle

    On March 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    You know, I get that medical technology is doing amazing things, and that’s great! And I understand the emotion behind wanting you carry your own child. But I think this is going too far, and I agree with “awn”. If you have that kind of money please adopt a child. All the excuses you make now will disappear the moment you hold your adopted child for the first time. I believe if you were born without a womb then you were not meant to carry a biological child inside of you. Maybe your life plan was set, and you are meant to adopt…

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  6. by emma

    On March 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    it saddens me that someone or some government or private medical facility is funding such research when there are far more important medical matters to be studied. Carrying your child in the womb should be the least of anyones concerns, and who would want to undergo so many voluntary high risk surgeries to carry a baby? Why not have the sister or mom be a surrogate? Even that goes against some peoples beliefs, but this is absurd..Um “hi sis, how are you today? I’m fine. Well since you are done with your uterus, may I have it?” OF course when I am done with it, it will need to be removed and will be mangled and cut so you probably won’t want it back..” Come on, this has got to be a joke!

  7. by Doris Barragan R

    On May 1, 2011 at 8:05 am

    The American Congress of Ob-Gyns has invited Gynecologist, Edwin Ramirez, a world renowned pioneer of uterine Transplant Research to present his groundbreaking news. May 2, 2011
    His research was published by the International Jounal of Minimally Invasive Gy. which is an International Journal with a reputation of accepting “cutting-edge medicine” from the brightest minds in gynecologic surgery.
    His 11 year research started at Ut, Odessa and ended in Bogota, Colombia. YOUTUBE.COM uterine transplant