If Your Uterus Doesn’t Work, You Can Now Swap It for a Replacement

09/18/2012 10:30 AM |

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We’ve all heard the old saying, “You only get one uterus, so don’t have sex with a vampire whose babies will chew their way out of it.” Well. Times are changing. A Swedish team just completed two mother-to-daughter uterus transplants.

Two Swedish women are carrying the wombs of their mothers after what doctors called the world’s first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants.

Specialists at the University of Goteborg completed the surgery on Sept. 15-16 without complications, but say they won’t consider the procedures successful unless the women achieve pregnancy after their observation period ends a year from now.

“We are not going to call it a complete success until this results in children,” said Michael Olausson, one of the Swedish surgeons told The Associated Press. “That’s the best proof.”

He said the women started in-vitro fertilization before the surgery. Their frozen embryos will be thawed and transferred if the women are in good health after the observation period, Olausson said.

The university said one recipient had her uterus removed many years ago due to cervical cancer and the other was born without a uterus. Both women are in their 30s. [AP]

Hand-me-down uteri. How cool is it to gestate your own kids in the same uterus where you gestated? Pretty cool. I think? Now I’m not sure. Next step, can we get some external gestation pods so nobody has to lug that fetus around for 9 months? Get on it, science.