Successful Uterus Transplant Rekindles Hope For Infertile Women

Derya Sert, as ABC News puts it, is something of a medical miracle. According to the American Free Press, Sert is like one in every 5,000 women to be born without a uterus. But unlike any medical case in history, she underwent a successful uterus transplant. Though she was born without a womb, Sert's ovaries were perfectly healthy. She became pregnant after an embryo transplant via in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The miraculous results of the procedure will give hope to the millions of women who are unable to carry children. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 6.1 million in the U.S. alone have difficulty getting pregnant after trying for 6 months to a year. That's a lot of women and probably a lot of families who might not have to put their dreams of getting pregnant on hold.

Julie Ryan Evans, a writer from The Stir, raised an interesting point: is this too extreme of a measure to get pregnant? Evans expressed congratulations to Sert and her husband, but couldn't help but wonder if we should do something just because medicine can make our bodies do it. The risks of undergoing surgery might outweigh the alternatives of adopting "When there are so many children who need loving homes in the world," she said.

Those are understandable concerns which are appropriate to discuss, but I think then that the real miracle that came from Sert's transplant is that its success has opened a larger opportunity for choice. With viable options for infertile women to become fertile, they can have the opportunity to choose whether or pregnancy or adoption is best.

 

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