And it appears that the day when a trans woman can give birth is closer than we might think.
‘My guess is five, 10 years away, maybe sooner,’ Dr. Karine Chung, director of the fertility preservation program at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, said according to Yahoo Health.
Dr Christine McGinn, a trans Pennsylvania plastic surgeon, said she would bet ‘just about every transgender person who is female will want to do it, if it were covered by insurance’.
‘The human drive to be a mother for a woman is a very serious thing. Transgender women are no different.’
While it’s still in the research stages, Swedish scientists have transplanted uteri from live donors and achieved five pregnancies and four live births.
But this research doesn’t mean that cis men are suddenly going to be able to give birth – trans women are different in that many have already gone through many of the procedures necessary:
To have a uterus transplant, patients will need:
- Hormone therapy to shut off testosterone and introduce progesterone and estrogen to prepare the uterus for pregnancy
- A vagina, preferably, to support the uterus
But there are problems, such as the expense (as corneal transplants for a heart can cost from $25,000 to $1.3 million no will know how much it will cost) and there will likely be questions raised over the long-term health of people who get the surgery and of their subsequent children.