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4 women with new wombs are trying to get pregnant

Sweden Womb Transplant
LONDON (AP) - A Swedish doctor says four Swedish women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant.

Since 2012, nine women have received wombs donated by relatives in an experimental procedure designed to test whether it's possible to transfer a uterus into a woman so she can give birth to her own child. The women had in-vitro fertilization before the transplant, using their own eggs to make embryos.

"We have already begun transferring embryos into four of the women and plan to make attempts with the others when they are ready," said Dr. Mats Brannstrom, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Goteburg, who is leading the research.

He would not say Monday whether any of the women are pregnant. Of the nine who got transplanted wombs, two had to have them removed because of complications.

Brannstrom predicted that three or four of the seven women might successfully give birth.

"One or two more will perhaps get pregnant and miscarry and one or two won't be able to get pregnant," he said.

Brannstrom said any woman who does get pregnant will be on a low dose of drugs to keep from rejecting the transplanted womb and will be monitored as a high-risk pregnancy. He said some women had received their new wombs from their mothers and there was a higher rate of complications with older uteruses.

The transplants are intended to benefit women unable to have children because they lost a uterus to cancer or were born without one. About one girl in 4,500 is born with MRKH, where she doesn't have a womb.

Brannstrom said the transplanted wombs would be removed after a maximum of two pregnancies.

"Based on our previous work and animal studies, we are optimistic," he said. "But we cannot guarantee anything."

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Kay March 03 2014 at 3:55 PM

My question is why do they have to do the in-vitro fertilization? Are they still unable to get pregnant the old fashion way?

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iolanda claudia March 03 2014 at 4:54 PM

if its not natural, anything implanted wont grow properly.nice try doctors though.Adopt its easier!!!!

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tweet March 03 2014 at 4:10 PM

At a certain point people have to realize that their bodies shouldn't be doing something. If women and men want children ADOPT !!! HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO do you KNOW how many children need a parent or two?? THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN SPEND THEIR ENTIRE CHILDHOOD IN FOSTER HOMES PRAYING FOR SOMEONE TO ADOPT THEM !!! IF YOUR BODY AIN'T WORKING--- TAKE A HINT !!!!!! Getting a uterus ??? Seriously ???? And they make it sound so wonderful "they have recieved a womb" like calling it that instead of a uterus makes it sound more child friendly. UGH !!!

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lins0420 tweet March 08 2014 at 12:08 PM

Imagine going your whole life knowing that you were born without a uterus and will never be able to have your own kids. Imagine the kinds of thoughts going through your head every single day. Imagine feeling incomplete. A person with no legs longs to walk even through it's not necessary. It's like that except it's on the inside where no one can see it. Every person has a desire to have kids of their own. It is human nature. What makes it even harder is knowing there are children out there that people are neglecting, abusing, or putting up for adoption. All people who can't physically have children WANT MORE THAN ANYTING to adopt every child on this planet that can not be cared for, but that does not take away their longing to walk. These patients in this article are putting their lives on the line for medical breakthroughs. We should respect that.

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YES fan For Life March 03 2014 at 2:34 PM

While I am developing here in the dark, as my cells duplicate and triplicate, would it be too much to ask for a womb with a view ...?!?

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ppllaanntt March 03 2014 at 10:51 AM

Some people should reproduce,,,and some people shouldnt.If you were born with bad reproductive organs its a good sign you shouldnt reproduce.Its called nature folks.Sad to report this.

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claired2482 March 03 2014 at 1:15 PM

if a person is made not to have babies naturally is for a reason . these idiots need to stop messing around with the universe .

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kaustin claired2482 March 03 2014 at 4:14 PM

oh go ahead and say what you really mean - you meant God...not "universe," right?

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