A doctor in Sweden has released information to the general public saying that four women who received transplanted uteruses have all had embryos implanted into them in attempts to become pregnant. He did not reveal if any of the women had been successful as of this time. In total, there were nine Swedish women who received new wombs since the year 2012, but two females had to have the transplants removed due to suffering from complications.
All the women had received wombs that were provided by their mothers or from another close relative in an investigate procedure that was intended to test if it was possible to relocate a uterus into another body so a woman could possibly give birth to a biological child of her own. The women all went through in vitro fertilization processes before they had their transplants and they used eggs from their own bodies in order to create the embryos that were implanted.
Dr. Mat Brannstrom, who is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the a university in Sweden and is also heading the study, explained that they had already begun to transfer embryos into four of the women and wanted to try more attempts with the other ladies when their bodies were ready. He thinks that possibly four out of the seven remaining women could possibly give birth. He thinks that at least two will become pregnant and then most likely miscarry, and that around another two will not be able to become pregnant at all.
There have been other prior attempts to relocate a womb in the countries of Saudi Arabia and Turkey. However neither one produced any babies. Doctors located in both Hungary and Britain is also in the planning stages of the same type operations, but they are planning on trying to use wombs from women who have just passed away.
Dr. Brannstrom explained that any woman in the study who does become pregnant will have to be on low doses of medications that keep their bodies from rejecting the wombs and they will be supervised as high risk pregnancies. These transplants will hopefully end up helping women that were unable to have babies due to losing a uterus to some sort of disease such as cancer or if they had been born without one.
Numerous physicians stated that any women who ended up getting pregnant with a transplanted uterus would have to be observed very carefully to see how the womb develops throughout the pregnancy. There are many questions about how biological changes in the womb would affect the mother and if the new uterus would actually be beneficial to an unborn baby.
In a research report that was printed up last week, Brannstrom and his associates explained the procedures that were used to move the nine wombs from donors to the women and stated there ended up being fairly mild rejection occurrences in four of the patients. He then stated that the transplanted wombs would be taken out of the women after they had achieved a total of two pregnancies.
It is unknown if blood flow to the uterus would increase and change in the same way as in a normal pregnancy, stated Dr. Yacoub Khalaf, who is a director of an assisted conception unit at a hospital in London. He added that it was a very good sign that the embryo transfers had been done, but only through a live birth will real validation happen that something like this has worked.
Repeating, a doctor in Sweden has released information to the general public saying that four women who received transplanted wombs have all had embryos implanted into them in attempts to become pregnant. He did not reveal if any of the women had been successful as of this time. In total, there were nine Swedish women who received new wombs since the year 2012, but two females had to have the transplants removed due to suffering from complications so that reduced the number of women down to seven.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Washington Post