First Successful Uterus Transplant
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|Fri, 09-21-2012 - 12:48pm|
Doctors in Sweden have successfully transplanted a uterus from a mother to her daughter: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/uterus-transplant-latest-fertility-feat/story?id=17261824#.UFyYU7JlSp4
Although this surgery has advantages in allowing a woman to carry her own child, there are disadvantages. From the article referenced above:
Disadvantages include surgery for the uterus donor and recipient, and a lifetime of anti-rejection drugs. It's also unclear whether the transplanted uterus will be receptive to embryos. But if it is, the procedure would mean any woman of any age could get pregnant – in theory, anyway.
"Today, the one woman who can't get pregnant is the woman with no functioning ovary and no uterus. But if this technique works, that woman could get pregnant with a transplanted uterus and egg donation," Goldfarb said.
Of course the surgery is raising a lot of ethical questions, which tends to happen whenever new breakthroughs are made in fertility. What do you think about this breakthrouh? Do you think it will become a realistic option for women in the future?