An Indian surgeon is hoping to become the first doctor to perform a womb transplant on a transgender patient that wants her own child.
The trans patient was born male but wants to give birth to her own child, and the risky womb transplant may enable her to do just that.
The surgeon, Dr. Narendra Kaushik, based in India, is hoping to become the first-ever doctor to successfully transplant a womb from either a deceased female donor or a trans patient that has undergone a hysterectomy when transitioning to a man.
“Every transgender woman wants to be as female as possible and that includes being a mother,” says Kaushik, as per the Mirror. He says that the “uterine transplant” should be “the same as a kidney or any other transplant.”
“This is the future. We cannot predict exactly when this will happen but it will happen very soon. We have our plans and we are very very optimistic about this,” he added.
Despite Kaushik being optimistic about the transplant, it is still classed as an experimental procedure, as to date, there have been no successful transplants of this kind.
Due to the nature of the treatment, the person receiving the transplant still can’t become pregnant naturally, so will have to receive IVF on top of this in order to get pregnant. But it is said to be theoretically possible to give birth after the surgery.
Back in 2017, the president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Paulson, said: “There would be additional challenges, but I don’t see any obvious problem that would preclude it. I think it would be possible.”
The only other surgery like this to date is that of Lili Elbe, a danish trans woman who became the first person to receive a womb way back in 1931. The surgery was deemed a success, but just 3 months later she died from an infection brought on by the procedure.
The surgery has since been performed successfully from female to cis-female patients, but never from female to trans-female.
Kaushik has performed other gender-confirming surgery in his Olmec clinic in New Delhi, stating: “Many of our patients tell us that their s*xual partners don’t even notice that they weren’t born with female s*x organs. And that’s our aim, to make it so that they live as normal a life as possible as a woman. We aim for an aesthetic ideal.”
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