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Uterus Transplants Apparently Successful for Two Swedish Women

Two Swedish women who were in need of uterine transplants in order to become pregnant have reportedly successfully received the transplants courtesy of their mothers, who donated their uteruses to their daughters.  The two women, who are both in their 30s, are without a uterus for different reasons; one had it removed years ago because of cervical cancer, the other was born without one. reports:

Specialists at the University of Goteborg completed the surgery over the weekend without complications, but say they won't consider the procedures successful unless the women achieve pregnancy after their observation period ends a year from now.

"We are not going to call it a complete success until this results in children," said Michael Olausson, one of the Swedish surgeons told The Associated Press. "That's the best proof."

He said the daughters started in-vitro fertilization, or IVF, before the surgery.

IVF uses hormones to stimulate the ovaries, which the women already had, to produce eggs. Scientists would fertilize the eggs with sperm in a lab, before freezing the embryos. The frozen embryos would then be thawed and transferred if the women are in good health after the observation period, Olausson said. After a maximum of two pregnancies, the wombs will be removed again.

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