Womb transplants for transgender women who want to be mothers could be available in just a decade’s time, a leading NHS doctor has said.
Medical professionals have told the Mail on Sunday that at least three UK women could be offered wombs through a new charity-funded programme launching this year.
Womb transplants could make it possible for mothers who are born male to get pregnant and have babies.
Sweden has already seen success in ‘uterine transplantations’.
Since 2014, at least five babies have been born to womb-less women, after they received donor wombs in a series of operations at Gothenburg University in Sweden.
And several top gynaecologists believe that it is possible to successfully transplant a womb into a person born with male organs, with one doctor saying it is just a decade away’.
Consultant gynaecologist Dr Arianna D’Angelo, of the NHS’s Wales Fertility Institute, said it was right from an ‘ethical point of view’.
Dr D’Angelo said: ‘We already have fertility preservation for transgender people, to give them the possibility to have their own genetic child.
‘So I don’t see much of a difference between that and actually delivering their own child.’
But while several doctors have called for womb transplants to be funded by the NHS, others said the taxpayer pay for them.