Leading British surgeon calls for transgender women to have life-changing womb transplants so they can have their own children with IVF
- Christopher Inglefield believes transgender women deserve a uterus implant
- He said it is ‘important’ for trans females to be able to carry their own child
- Other experts agree that the pioneering surgery should be performed
A top British surgeon has called for transgender women to get life-changing womb transplants so they can have children of their own.
It comes after doctors in Brazil delivered the world’s first baby from a womb transplant that was given to a woman from a deceased donor last year.
Now surgeon Christopher Inglefield, founder of the London Transgender Clinic, believes transgender women deserve a uterus implant.
He says the procedure is ‘essentially identical’ to the one performed on women.
Surgeon Christopher Inglefield (pictured), founder of the London Transgender Clinic, believes transgender women deserve a uterus implant
It comes after doctors in Brazil delivered the world’s first baby from a womb transplant from a deceased donor to a woman last year
Dr Inglefield, who appeared in ITV’s Transformation Street, told the Mirror: ‘This pioneering birth is extremely important for any trans female who would like to carry her own child.
‘Because once the medical community accept this as a treatment for cis-women with uterine infertility, such as congenital absence of a womb, then it would be illegal to deny a trans-female who has completed her transition.’
There are currently no regulations in place to prevent a trans women from receiving IVF if they do receive a transplant.
Dr Inglefield says ‘harvesting’ the womb from the donor is tricky as surgeons must not damage arteries and veins to the uterus.
Surgeons perform a cesarean section on a woman who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor, at the hospital in Brazil
Trans females have a narrower pelvis than women but there would still be room to carry a child
But he says the ‘plumbing in’ is straight forward because vessels are connected to veins which are the same in both males and females.
Trans females have a narrower pelvis than women but there would still be room to carry a child.
And supplements can be taken to replicate hormones experienced during pregnancy.
He said births would most likely be delivered by cesarean section in order to safeguard the child.
And other experts agree that transgender women should get a womb transplant.
Dr Richard Paulson, former president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said there is no obvious reason why transgender women should not receive a womb implant.
He said: ‘I personally suspect there are going to be trans women who are going to want to have a uterus and will likely get the transplant.’