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Womb transplant possibility

9th September 2006

Expert doctors have said that womb transplants to help cure some forms of infertility could be possible within two years.

A London medical research team say they have developed a reliable technique for making a temporary womb transplantation, allowing women whose wombs had been removed for health reasons to potentially conceive and give birth. The team are working in conjunction with other researchers from New York and Budapest.

According to Richard Smith, a consultant gynaecologist from Hammersmith hospital in London, the breakthrough in research has been the successful supply of blood to the womb.  There are concerns over the long-term use of immunosuppressant drugs that would be required, therefore the transplants would be temporary, with the womb removed after birth. It is also anticipated IVF treatment would be required for conception, with birth via Caesarean section.

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