Woman with womb transplant has baby
A woman in Sweden has become the first known woman to give birth after having a womb transplant. Researchers say that the treatment may make it possible for more infertile women to reproduce.
The woman, whose name has not yet been released, is in her mid-30s and two years ago had a womb transplant from a live 61-year-old donor. The younger woman then received in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. The baby was a healthy baby boy delivered through caesarean section.
Scientists at the University of Gothenburg, where the woman received the womb transplant, have successfully conducted womb transplants in six other women. They received permission to do 10 womb transplants with up to two full-term pregnancies for each woman.
The procedure is the first available treatment for women who were born without a viable womb or who have had their uterus removed. The procedure currently costs around $125,000 in U.S. dollars, and researchers said it is too early to conclude whether it may become a common treatment. An ethical debate surrounding infertility treatments may also determine whether womb transplants may become readiliy available for women, the researchers said.