Nowadays, many women have problems getting pregnant, so doctors try to find some solutions for them. As a consequence, they have recently been given permission for womb transplants.
Ten women living in the U.K. are going to be subject to womb transplants at the Imperial College London. The approval was given by the Health Research Authority.
If the transplants will be successful, the first children could be born in 2017 or 2018.
During this procedure, women will have to take immunosuppressant drugs after the transplant and will also have to make sure the womb she had received is not rejected by the body.
This procedure is not new in Britain. The first to have experimented it were the Swedish doctors. The transplant was totally successful and a 36-year-old woman delivered a child in safe conditions after she got the womb from a family friend. After this event, 3 more women gave birth to healthy children in Sweden.
The reasons why some women cannot remain pregnant are various. Statistics say that 1 out of 7,000 women is born with a lacking womb, others lose it because of cancer and others suffer from different diseases that hinder the womb to develop properly.
The 10 women will have to undergo some medical and psychological procedures before getting the transplant. However, before this step, their eggs will be fertilized using their husbands’ sperm and then frozen until the transplant will take place.
After receiving the womb, the frozen embryos will be checked so as to develop normally and will be delivered in an 8-month period, after Cesarean surgery.
Women will have the possibility to give birth twice using the received womb. After that, they will have to be operated on in order to remove it, as they cannot take immunosuppressant drugs all the time.
The procedure is available for women aged between 25 and 38, having functional ovaries, and will cost £50,000. The price will be paid by the organization.
“This operation is clearly a viable option for those women who otherwise have absolutely no chance of carrying their own baby,” claims Richard Smith, a gynecologist at The Imperial College Healthcare. He also stated that the project encountered many difficult phases, but what motivated him to continue were those women born without a womb or those who had to cut it out because of different diseases.
The procedure represents an escaping situation for couples affected by the impossibility of having their own baby, as well as an alternative to adoptions.
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