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 transgender women giving birth

This post would have better suited for mothers day but pregnancy waits for no holiday and neither does our right to propagate. As you may be aware of transgender women will one day join cis women in the delivery room. In reality, it’s way in the future but scientifically speaking, it’inevitable.

But as these facts become everyday knowledge the morality of transgender women giving birth has come into question. By whom you might ask? Who in their right mind would be so pretentiously bigoted to oppose some women giving birth and not others? Right to life advocates and general haters I answer. It hasn’t really come to the forefront of the discussion as the technical difficulties in achieving this goal make it seem more fantasy than fiction, but is it?

“If we welcome transgender women, are transgender mothers a big deal? Although surgeons are still mastering the technique of transplanting wombs, patients are already asking when this will become possible.”-

Where would the uteruses come from? Trans men have offered their Uterine for transplant, why not into a trans woman?

Amid these complex discussions, there is one bright spot, the relative ease of finding the organs. Already one group has proved rich in willing donors: people who are transitioning from female to male and have also decided to have their uteruses removed. Unger says among her female-to-male patients, “one in three” have asked if they could donate the organs. Because there is no protocol set up to deal with these offers (Cleveland Clinic’s trial uses cadaver uteruses), they are currently turned down. Such potential donors may seem ideal because they are not pursuing a hysterectomy due to disease. But a major catch is the medical risk they face: A standard hysterectomy takes between a half-hour and an hour, but preparing a uterus and its associated blood vessels for transplant would keep such patients under the knife for as long as 10 or 11 hours. Clearly, the ethics of such donations would have to be studied extensively, Unger says. Like uterine transplants for transgender patients, this is all uncharted territory.

Yet interest in uterine transplants is growing: Brännström, the Swedish surgeon who led the prior transplant work among women, says his inbox is now inundated with messages from less-traditional patients. “I get e-mails from all over the world on this, sometimes from gay males with one partner that would like to carry a child,” he says. Brännström does not plan to perform such procedures himself—instead he wants to focus on women who were born without a uterus or lost it due to cancer or another illness. The next natural step for those interested in assisting transgender or male patients, however, would likely be tackling this procedure among women with a rare condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome, he says. A person with AIS appears largely female, but has no uterus and is genetically male.

Read more at Scientific American

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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