December 2, 2022

Workshop on uterus transplants to be held in Sweden

The first workshop on human uterus transplants will take place at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in February. While a couple of transplants have taken place in humans, no live births have yet happened.

The first workshop on human uterus transplants will take place at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in February, led by Professor Mats Brännström. While a couple of transplants have taken place in humans, no live births have yet happened.

There are some serious ethical issues involved. There is a substantial risk for a live donor, more than for the recipient. The children would have to be conceived (at least initially) by IVF. The mother would have to take immune-suppressant drugs as long as she has the womb. There are weighty psychological and cultural issues to be negotiated. See the video for a discussion of this fascinating new technology. 

Michael Cook
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uterus transplant