Men could soon have babies, suggests study

Henrietta Strickland
November 5, 2017

The success of womb transplants in women means that the science is now available to allow similar operations to be carried out on those who began life as men, Dr Richard Paulson, President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine says.

A pregnant woman, in the last trimester of her pregnancy, poses in this illustration photo. He added that there is no specific reason for men not becoming pregnant.

He was talking in a meeting in San Antonio, Texas. It is a complicated procedure as the uterus is near major blood vessels, and immunosuppressant treatments have to be given to prevent the body from rejecting the transplanted organ.

This is because, he explained, the male pelvis is not wide enough for a baby to pass through and so the man would only be able to carry the baby but would then have to give birth by caesarean section.

Paulson said that trans procedures and medicines have now become more "mainstream" and that men who have undergone gender reassignment surgery are going to want to take advantage of that, The Telegraph reports.

"There would be additional challenges, but I don't see any obvious problem that would preclude it". "There's plenty of room to put a uterus in there".

He said the next step would to be trials involving transgender women to help them become natural mothers.

Paulson did not rule out that transplantation of the uterus a man will be harder than the same operation produced the woman, however, does not consider these difficulties insurmountable. "It's a huge team, it's not something somebody can do in a community hospital and just get it done".

In addition, hormones might have to be given to replicate the changes that occur while a woman is pregnant. Once the uterus is transplanted, the doctors have to implant an IVF embryo.

Recently, critics said transgender women may want to think of safer options first - such as using a surrogate.

He also said that there was no scientific reason why men could not get pregnant.

Julian Savulescu, a Philosopher and bioethical specialist at Oxford University, said, "Uterine transplantation represents a real risk to the fetus, and future child".

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