Jul 6 2022 22:24
A new study shows that more than half of American women who have undergone uterine transplantation were able to conceive without problems.
And between 2016 and 2021, uterine transplants were performed on 33 women in the United States, and the dream of giving birth was fulfilled in 19 cases so far, or 58 percent, who gave birth to 21 children in total, researchers reported in the journal “Jama Surgery” today, Wednesday.
“Uterine transplantation should be considered a clinical reality in the United States,” the researchers wrote.
All women were completely infertile due to factors related to the uterus, meaning that they were either born without a uterus or needed to have it removed.
The study’s lead author, Lisa Johannison of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, said in an e-mail that more than a million American women could benefit from uterine transplants.
In 74 percent of those who had these operations, the uterus remained functional for a year after transplantation. The researchers reported that 83 percent of this group had children.
All babies were delivered by caesarean section. More than half of these babies were born after 36 weeks of gestation.
After delivery, the transplanted uterus is removed to avoid the need for lifelong use of immunosuppressive medications.
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