First Successful Uterus Transplant

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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?

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 4:47pm

(Hello, iVillage cmmelissa)

The ethics of life seems to me to certainly include any and all possible chance for the living to make new life.

Everything medical was new at some point in time, and seemed to be questioned by some people.

This may be a realistic option for women in the future, or for some of us, right now;  volunteers for even his new a chance to bring forth life will be abundant.  Many of us are willing to go see the physicians involved, and try for fertility right now, whenever the physicians call for us to volunteer.  (Call me.)  Write me, here on iVillage.com

 

ForeverHugs,

--Genie

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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 12:33pm

Hi!

I think it's a great idea, as long as there is some ethical rules. I don't think anyone should be able to go through this surgery, even if both parties agree. There should be some sort of rules to it. I.E., a 85 year old woman should not get a 30 year old woman's uterus so she can have a baby. It's fine to use medical advances to help those who would normally be of child bearing age (and I'd even push it 10 years since a lot of women are choosing to have babies older in life), however, I think that using it just because we can is a no-no (hello Nadya Suleman!).

I do hope it will be available to those who truly need it and it isn't ruined by others.