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Old 07-01-2003, 11:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Womb transplant for men?


Womb transplant baby 'within three years'

by Martin Hutchinson
BBC News Online health staff in Madrid

Scientists claim that the first human baby could be born from a transplanted womb within three years.
Animal experiments have dismissed many of the concerns that womb transplants could not produce healthy babies.

The Swedish expert behind the research says that one of the best candidates to be an organ donor would be the patient's own mother - raising the prospect of carrying your children in the same womb that carried you.

He says that it may even be technically possible one day to transplant a womb into a man, and use hormone injections to allow a pregnancy to succeed.

However, it would be the first organ transplant which is not needed to cure a life-threatening illness, and there is likely to be a debate over whether such major surgery - and powerful immune-suppressing drugs - can be justified.

Professor Mats Brannstrom, presenting his work at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting in Madrid on Tuesday, said that he had been inundated with pleas for help from women after it was revealed last year that he had transplanted wombs into mice - and produced live baby mice.
  • Womb surgery
There are many thousands of women of childbearing age who have perfectly good ovaries, but no womb - some who were born without one, and some whose wombs were removed at a young age, either as a result of cancer, or as a result of another kind of medical emergency.

Until recently, there has been no prospect of them bearing their own children, leaving them only the option of surrogacy - which is illegal in many countries.

Studies of other female transplant patients taking immunosuppressant drugs during pregnancy has not shown any adverse effects.

The first human womb transplant has already been attempted by surgeons in Saudi Arabia.

Their success was short-lived - the organ had to removed less than 100 days later when a blood supply failure caused the transplanted tissue to start dying. There was no attempt to start a pregnancy with this patient.

Professor Brannstrom plans to use a different surgical technique to avoid this problem.
  • Legal option
He said that having a transplant organ was more desirable than a simple surrogacy arrangement with the mother and sister in question.

He said: "In many countries, surrogacy is illegal - and in others, the person who gives birth to the baby is officially recorded as the parent.

"In addition, it is impossible to control lifestyle factors, even if a surrogate promises they will not drink or smoke or take drugs during pregnancy."

However, all major abdominal surgery carries a risk of death or serious injury - the risk of just having a general anaesthetic is reckoned at one in every 3,000 patients.

Dr Phil Dyer, the president of the British Transplantation Society, told BBC News Online that taking immunosuppressing drugs also presented a risk.

He said: "There will be a debate whether organs should be transplanted where there is no direct benefit to the patient in terms of their health - though there might of course be an emotional benefit in terms of quality of life."

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I guess I just don't see the point even if it is for women who have had cancer and can't have kids. Just let nature take it's course for christ's sake. Some things just aren't meant to be. Learn to deal with it.

To even think of letting a man have a child is completely fucked up. Why can't people just be happy with who they are? Even if a guy did become pregnant after something like this is the baby gonna pop outa his ass or what? Way too much fucking trouble just to have a kid that you're gonna screw up anyway.
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Old 07-01-2003, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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"This womb has been passed down through the family for generations. Your grandmother used it to give birth to me, I used it to give birth to you and now, my daughter I pass it on to you..."

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Old 07-01-2003, 12:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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EEWW indeed
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Old 07-01-2003, 12:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 07-02-2003, 01:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
but then you'd be a woman?
hwo would you still be a "man" if the hormaones required to support the uterus and a prenancy were at normal female levels?
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Old 07-02-2003, 04:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 07-02-2003, 06:15 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 07-02-2003, 10:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My girlfriend's mom used to tell her and her sister that she pooped them out one day by accident when she went to take a shit.

I can imagine a Father telling this story, and it being true.
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Old 07-02-2003, 12:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
I sure as hell wouldn't want an 8 pound larva sucking on my vital organs, but I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be allowed. Then again, I wouldn't want a crotch spawn even after it was born.
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Old 07-02-2003, 01:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Is there a shortage of babies up for adoption that I don't know about? Why do we need to be able to transplant wombs that'll run the risk of spawning fucked-up abominations? Sounds like mad science from a sick sci-fi movie.
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Old 07-02-2003, 01:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 07-02-2003, 02:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Why on earth....? For the amount of time and effort (and money) needed for this womb transplant you could adopt a perfectly lovely child. I'm sure I might feel differently some day if my biological clock starts running (so far not a tick) but I can't imagine being so self-centered that I absolutely had to give physical birth to my own genetic matter, at this kind of expense, rather than give a home to an existing person.

Just because we can doesn't mean we should.
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Old 07-02-2003, 02:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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So would the baby be squeezed out of your dick like toothpaste?

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Old 07-02-2003, 06:37 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I see a crappy sequel to a crappy Arnold Schwartenegger movie in our future.
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