Babies Born Using Donated Wombs

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It’s been a busy week for fertility science. This past weekend, the world welcomed the first baby born from a transplanted womb and on Monday, it was announced that another two women are set to give birth using their mothers’ wombs.

Why are these developments so important to the fertility field?

There are many causes for infertility, but one of the most challenging causes is Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) Syndrome, a congenital defect which occurs in 1 in 4,500 women where they are born without a uterus. This condition, and other conditions such as Asherman’s syndrome (an acquired uterine condition characterized by scar tissue formation inside the uterus and/or the cervix), can benefit from uterus transplants as a potential treatment for infertility. Previously, these conditions have had few to no options for treatment without the involvement of gestational carriers or resorting to adoption.

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