Surgery To Help Transgender Women Get Pregnant [VIDEO]
A clinic in Ohio screened women eligible for the nation's pioneering clinical trial of Uterine Transplantation in women with Uterine Factor Infertility (UFI) and are also of a reproductive age.
The practice run was conducted on the body of a deceased uterus donor to remove the organ that is rarely taken from donors, the New York Times reports. If the trials are successful, the transplant could help women who are born without a uterus due to uterine damage or women who had it removed. Not only will it benefit women, the transgender community too would be given the chance to experience carrying a child.
If the procedure works, roughly 50,000 women in the United States could be possible candidates- given with the fact that they are healthy. But going through the knife never comes without a risk, the Femalista said in an article.
Once the woman gets pregnant, it would be expected that the pregnancy would be high-risk because of the fact that the fetus is exposed to anti-rejection drugs; not to mention being developed in the uterus of a dead woman. The women will face the risks of countless surgeries, anti-rejection drugs, and transplant.
As for women who were born into male bodies, various procedures are already out to help their innate physical bodies match their gender identities. This transplant could be the first ever transition from just physical attributes to finally having the chance to support a growing fetus in the womb.
Srah McBride, an LGBT advocate working at the Center for American Progress said that for those transgender people who have trouble on the impact of the transition on reproductive capabilities, the surgery could provide peace of mind and comfort.
The surgery could be a bit costly but Dr. Christine McGinn said that if the procedure is covered with insurance, she is quite sure that every transgender woman would want to do it. Further results of the clinical trial are still awaited.