Baylor University has just announced it’s second livebirth after uterine transplantation. For women born without a uterus, usually affected by Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, and for women who’ve had to have their uterus removed due to cancer, the idea of getting pregnant and carrying a fetus were impossible just a few years ago.
In the Middle East in 2000, the first successful womb transplantation occurred. But getting and carrying a pregnancy proved difficult. In 2014, in Sweden, a specialized team delivered the first baby carried in a transplanted womb. The team in Sweden ultimately published their successes of 8 women with uterine transplants to carry their own pregnancies to livebirth.
And now Baylor has started a series, hoping to include 10 women. The second was born in February with both an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery.
While adoption and surrogacy will remain the most common options women without uteri pursue to build and complete their families, it’s looking like uterine transplant is becoming more of a real, manageable option for women in this situation
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