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Doctors Have Reportedly Completed the First Transplant of a Uterus into a Man That Will Allow Men To Get Pregnant?
Doctors Have Reportedly Completed the First Transplant of a Uterus into a Man That Will Allow Men To Get Pregnant?.
Transgenders that switched from being a male to a female may soon be able to bear children of their own, thanks to the growing possibility of uterus transplants.
Earlier this month, a clinic based in Ohio revealed plans to take uteri from deceased donors and transfer them to cis women – women whose personal identity matches the biological body assigned to them at birth – who suffered from uterine damage or didn’t have a uterus at all, reports the Huffington Post.
However, in Sweden, doctors have reportedly successfully transplanted uteri in nine cis women, which they have taken from living donors. From this, five pregnancies and four births were achieved in the women who had previously suffered from infertility.
Questions have since been raised over whether transgender women could also have uterus transplants to enable them to carry their own children.
Dr. Karine Chung, director of the fertility preservation program at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, estimates that the procedure could happen between five and 10 years time or “maybe sooner.”
Eleanor Burns, 36, from Cardiff, Wales, who identifies as a trans woman, says she’d be “very tempted” by the surgery if it were to become available in the United Kingdom, she told Yahoo News.
“I would love to be a mother of whatever kind I can be, but my husband and I have had to rule out natural options. He is a pre-op trans man and the idea of pregnancy is horrifically triggering to him,” she says.
“I believe that the experience of pregnancy and nursing would vastly improve the way I feel about my own body, but that is – I can accept – very selfish logic. A better focus might be on improving the availability of adoption and fostering options for loving LGBT couples.
“That is our most likely option, though we are aware being a trans couple will probably not play in our favor.”
Alex Forshaw, 42, from Hampshire, also identifies as a transgender woman and says uterus transplants are an “exciting development” for all.
“I believe that there’s a significant number of trans women, particularly those who transition at a younger age, who desire children and this offers them a chance to be a mother in every sense,” she says
This is, naturally, something that is very important to many women, both trans and cis.”
The article does report, however, that there are potential issues facing trans women in terms of the medical logistics of uterus transplants and growing a baby in the womb.
There’s the matter of cost – both in terms of the transplant itself, and the amount of drugs needed to support pregnancy – as well as the long-term health of both the parent and child, reports the Huffington Post.
In addition, non-U.S. sources say the situation could negatively impact the baby because of drugs involved. From Creation Fertility, Justine Evans told the publication, “The amount of synthetic drugs that would be required to support a pregnancy raises the question of how healthy the child would be long-term and if there’s a hormonal health risk for the child and future generations.”
She adds that it would be “amazing” if scientists could manipulate the body so that trans women could develop ovaries, eggs and fallopian tubes to allow pregnancy to occur more naturally.
And Dr. Geeta Nargund, medical director of Create Fertility, says that transplanting a uterus into trans women raises “safety concerns”.
“Uterine transplant in women is still an experimental procedure,” she explains. “It is a major breakthrough to help women who are born without a womb or for those who have their wombs removed or non-functioning due to a medical condition.
We are all anticipating Caitlyn Jenner to comment on this story.