LONDON -- In a medical first, a woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb
transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure said Friday.
WASSIT / Aswat al-Iraq: A medical team in al-Zahraa Hospital in al-Kut city successfully conducted a three-hour landmark surgery for a woman with two wombs
and two ovaries, according to the team's chief on Sunday.
A New York hospital is taking steps to offer the nation's first uterus transplant, a radical experiment that might allow women whose wombs
were removed or are defective to bear children, the Associated Press reported.
The link between womb
cancer and oestrogen-only HRT is well known, and oestrogen-only treatments are reserved for women who have had their wombs
It is the first time live births have been achieved from transplanted wombs
in any species.
New tests picked up traces of the cancer-causing chemical NNAL, found in tobacco smoke, in the wombs
of pregnant women.
In Women as Wombs
, Janice Raymond writes, "Feminists must go beyond choice and consent as a standard for women's freedom.
The doctor, an obstetrician who has been collaborating with researchers from the University of Valencia, Spain, predicted that in the future wombs
could be harvested from people who are brain dead, living donors or even relatives to minimise the risk of rejection.
Around 4000 British women have cancerous wombs
removed every year, others are born without a womb
and some cannot conceive due to conditions such as endometriosis.
In Sweden, all the wombs
were from live donors, one being past menopause indicating a postmenopausal womb
is a healthy one.
If something like this really does happen, then it could offer an alternative to adoption or surrogacy for women whose wombs
have been damaged by diseases such as cervical cancer, reports The Independent.
To prevent their wombs
from moving around, women were married off young and bore as many children as possible.