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We'll have to wait and see if they can carry their own biological children

Women born without a womb -- a syndrome known as MRKH -- may now have some hope of being able to birth their own child thanks to new research from Sweden. 
According to The Guardian, nine women have received womb transplants in Sweden, and with the exception of a few minor issues, all nine have been successful. However, it remains unclear if the new wombs will produce babies.
The research is led by Dr. Mats Brannstrom, who is chair of the obstetrics and gynecology department at the University of Gothenburg. The transplants began in September 2012. 
The nine women received womb transplants from living female members of their families. Many former studies attempting to conduct womb transplants used dying or deceased women's wombs, and they failed to produce babies. One case used a womb from a living woman, but it had to be removed due to a blood clot. Some countries even consider it unethical to use the wombs of living women outside of life or death cases because it can cause complications for the donor, but the Swedish team hopes that using living wombs will help them better detect if there are any issues with the organs before they are transplanted.
The uteruses are not connected to the fallopian tubes after transplant, meaning the women are unable to get pregnant naturally. Instead, the women had eggs from their ovaries removed to create embryos via in-vitro fertilization before the transplants, and the embryos were frozen. The next step will be to place the embryos into the new wombs so the women can carry their own children.


Brannstrom said the nine women are doing well, albeit an infection in one patient and some minor rejections in the others. But Brannstrom said these are not reason enough to worry or remove them. Many of the women had periods six weeks after the transplants, which is an early sign that the wombs were healthy and functional.
Brannstrom said he and his team could start transferring embryos into the uteruses as soon as the coming months, but are just keeping a watchful eye on the women for right now to make sure everything stays in working order. 
Once childbirth were to take place (if that happens), the team would take the uteruses out so that the women could stop taking the anti-rejection drugs. These drugs can take a toll on health, causing high blood pressure, swelling, diabetes and also some types of cancer. The team said the anti-rejection drugs would not affect the embryos. 
There are no guarantees of babies in the end, but it's certainly a start. 

Source: The Guardian

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The real question is
By augiem on 1/14/2014 4:22:59 PM , Rating: 3
When are they going try this on a man? ...

RE: The real question is
By Vertigo2000 on 1/14/2014 4:31:55 PM , Rating: 2
They'll have to wait until one of these 9 women actually bring a baby to full term before they start implanting wombs in men.

You think giving birth is painful for women... ask a man who's ever passed a kidney stone. Well multiply that by about a billion times.

RE: The real question is
By KCjoker on 1/14/2014 6:19:58 PM , Rating: 3
If you ask a woman who's given birth and had a kidney stone most agree passing a kidney stone was more painful.

RE: The real question is
By boeush on 1/14/14, Rating: 0
RE: The real question is
By Captain Orgazmo on 1/14/2014 10:07:24 PM , Rating: 3
Hopefully long after I'm dead if it turns out anything like this:

9 Women
By KPOM1 on 1/14/2014 2:22:37 PM , Rating: 5
But as any software expert would know, the real question is whether these 9 women can make a baby in one month.

RE: 9 Women
By retrospooty on 1/14/2014 2:30:56 PM , Rating: 2
Best daisy chain evar!

RE: 9 Women
By Flunk on 1/14/2014 3:06:47 PM , Rating: 2
Pipe-lining babies? Genius!

Is It THAT Important?
By Reclaimer77 on 1/14/2014 5:25:01 PM , Rating: 1
Full disclosure: I'm a dude and the only biological clock I'm concerned with is when to eat, sleep and screw. But alas...

I understand the desire women have to feel life they spawned explode forth from their birth-holes...but come on, this is officially going too far. Isn't it?

This is just natures way of telling you "adopt". There's like thousands of kids out there who need a loving home.

RE: Is It THAT Important?
By Solandri on 1/14/2014 10:32:37 PM , Rating: 2
As I understand it, using a surrogate mother (implanting your embryos into another woman) is illegal in Sweden. So if you can't carry a child but wish to have a genetic offspring, this is the only way (assuming it works).

RE: Is It THAT Important?
By TheSlamma on 1/15/2014 5:36:54 PM , Rating: 2
This is such good news, human race was gonna go extinct without it.

honest jokes aside,

Reclaimer77 I agree. PLENTY of kids out there to adopt.

What about
By Shadowself on 1/14/2014 5:07:01 PM , Rating: 2
the effect of long term exposure to anti rejection drugs on the developing immune systems of the fetus? Has anyone predicted those effects? If a fetus is exposed to anti rejection (immune system suppression) drugs from conception through birth will the child have any viable immune system at all? Will any immune system develop at all if it is suppressed from day one?

How safe would it be for the baby?
By ie5x on 1/16/2014 4:34:54 AM , Rating: 2
With the mother strained with all the anti-rejection drugs, how safe would be the womb environment for the baby?

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