Womb transplant for women trying to conceive

The first womb transplant could take place in two years


New research has revealed that the first womb transplant could take place in two year’s time.


London-based doctors and vets have performed the first long-term transplants on a uterus in rabbits. If trials on larger animals are also successful, womb transplants on humans could begin in the not-too-distant future.

Women with a transplanted uterus would have to undergo IVF to achieve pregnancy and give birth by caesarean section to avoid any complications. A successful transplant would also be temporary, to avoid rejection of the womb, but a woman may be given two to three years to conceive and carry babies before it’s removed.

Surgeons in New York have already got permission to carry out a human trial, after demonstrating that a uterus from a donor can be preserved long enough to perform surgery.


But Tony Rutherford, chairman of the British Fertility Society, warned there was “a big difference between demonstrating effectiveness in a rabbit and being able to do this in a human.”

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