The first baby born using a womb transplanted from a deceased donor was born in Brazil late last year, and a leading surgeon in Britain has called for transgender women to be entitled to womb transplants so they can have their own babies.
The healthy girl born in Brazil is a major breakthrough in fertility medicine, and it comes only four years after the first womb transplant baby from a live donor was born in Sweden in 2014.
The founder of the London Transgender Clinic, surgeon Christopher Inglefield, now says that uterus implant into a trans-female is achievable nowadays.
According to him, the procedure is “essentially identical” to that of “cis-women born in that gender”.
He said that this pioneering birth is extremely important for any trans female that would like to carry her own child, and once the medical community accepts this as a treatment for cis-women with uterine infertility, it would be illegal to deny a trans-female who has completed her transition.
It has been confirmed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) that there are no regulations that prevent a trans woman who has received a uterus transplant from having IVF treatment.
Mr. Inglefield explains that the most important step would be the harvesting from the donor, because great care is required in order to avoid damage to the veins and arteries supplying the uterus. The “plumbing in” is then straight forward, as the donor’s vessels are connected to the pelvic artery and veins, which are the same in both males and females.