About a year and a half ago, doctors performed the first clinical trials involving uterine transplants. After several months of observation and care, seven of the nine transplants remained healthy, with viable uteri (no signs of transplant rejection, resumption of monthly menstrual cycles). This week it was reported that one of the women who received a uterine transplant through this clinical trial gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
According to the article in the medical journal The Lancet, the patient experienced a couple of complications during the pregnancy: first, she had a mild episode of organ rejection (common for transplant patients, controlled by the use of immunosuppressive drugs), and second, she was developed pre-eclampsia, which necessitated an early c-section delivery.
This is excellent news for reproductive endocrinologists and other fertility specialists; a successful live birth from a uterine transplant opens up the possibility of new treatments for patients with otherwise untreatable infertility issues.
The remaining six women who underwent successful uterine transplants through this clinical trial are still attempting to get pregnant.
The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 6 October 2014
IVFConnections Research Update: Successful Uterine Transplantations