It sounds like something out of a scifi movie, but it’s real life. Four women who have received womb transplants are now being implanted with embryos in hopes that they will be able to get pregnant and carry a baby to term. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
In an unprecedented experimental procedure, nine different women have undergone womb transplants since 2012, being given wombs by their relatives in order to allow them a chance to conceive. The procedure has never been done before and will test to see if a woman can possibly receive a uterus transplant and then go on to have her own child.
Before the transplant, the women underwent IVF therapy and have all used their own eggs.
‘We have already begun transferring embryos into four of the women and plan to make attempts with the others when they are ready,’
said Dr Mats Brannstrom, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Gothenburg, who is leading the research. The doctor did not comment on whether or not any of the women were pregnant or not, but it should be pointed out that two of the nine women who received the transplants had to have the wombs removed after the transplant due to complications.
Derya Surt, from Turkey, can relate. She had a womb transplant back in 2011, and got pregnant, but sadly, she miscarried during her eighth week of pregnancy. Dr. Brannstrom predicts that possibly three or four of the women will successfully give birth.
‘One or two more will perhaps get pregnant and miscarry and one or two won’t be able to get pregnant,’ he said.
The women who get pregnant, if any of them do, will have to be on low dosages of certain medications to keep the body from rejecting the transplanted womb. They will also be classified as a high risk pregnancy.
There is a significantly higher risk of complications from some of the women, since they received their uteruses from their mothers. Older uteruses can cause a higher risk of complications. All of the women had a good reason for undergoing the transplant.
Eight out of nine of them all suffer from MRKH syndrome, a congenital disorder which prevents the womb from developing, but means she still has intact ovaries which produce eggs. The final woman had her womb removed after suffering from cervical cancer.
If these womb transplants work, there could be major breakthroughs in the world of fertility. The doctors say that while they don’t have any proof that this will work, they are very optimistic.