Fertility science

First ten British women receive go-ahead for womb transplants

Professor Mats Brannstrom (C), was head of a medical team which performed its first uterus transplant on a patient at the Sahlgreska University Hospital in Gothenburg Sweden in 2012. REUTERS/Adam Ihse/TT News Agency

Following the first successful birth after a womb transplant in Sweden last year, Imperial College in London, UK, has now given their first ethical approval for 10 transplants. The procedure would help out those women who could otherwise only have children through adoption or surrogacy, because they have been born without a womb or had their womb removed due to cancer. “For many couples, childlessness is a disaster. Infertility is a difficult thing to treat for these women,” said Dr. Richard Smith, the consultant gynaecologist who has been working on this project for twenty years. “Surrogacy is an option but it does not answer the deep desire that women have to carry their own baby. For a woman to carry her own baby – that has to be a wonderful thing.” An embryo would be created and frozen from the women’s eggs and sperm from their partner, with these women receiving a womb from a donor who is brain-dead but kept alive. Annually, some five donor wombs are expected to become available, with the first babies born from a transplanted uterus expected to be born as soon as late 2017 or 2018.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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