November 13, 2015
For women who wish to conceive and carry a child but don't have a uterus, a new option may soon be available.
According to a recent report by Science Alert, U.S. surgeons are on track to conduct the nation's first uterus - or womb - transplant in the coming months.
The procedure's first successful birth occurred in Sweden in 2014.
As Science Alert notes, unlike heart and liver transplants, uterine transplants haven't been given as much consideration since a uterus isn’t essential for survival.
The procedures are expected to be conducted by surgeons at The Cleveland Clinic, starting with a trial group of 10 women between 21 and 30 in the coming months. If the women become pregnant and give birth, they will be able to keep the transplants to try for one more baby, or they can have them removed.
Read the full report at Science Alert.