Why you should not put wombs in males — Natalie L. Dinsdale

In 2014, for the first time ever, a baby was born from a woman who received her mother’s uterus as a transplanted organ. As you might imagine, uterine transplants are very complicated, even as far as organ transplants go.

Shortly after this stunning surgical success story, people started wondering if such a surgery – and subsequent pregnancy – could work in male bodies (example; example; example).

The notion that you can remove and insert organs like they are pieces of an engine or puzzle reflects a stunning disrespect for the functional integrity of the female body. This type of thinking and practice underpins medical interventions that damages females.

Furthermore, scientists write that donor uteri from living women function better than donor uteri from dead women (Jones et al., 2018). It is rather terrifying to think about what could happen when wealthy males and their scientifically-curious teams of doctors and surgeons might achieve, in terms of seeking out sources for women’s body parts.

Don’t worry though, the authors do offer a solution to this issue of organ sourcing.

Uteri could come from transmen (females who identify as men), provided these females are willing to risk a hysterectomy. Transplanting a vagina and cervix in addition to a uterus would be the optimal solution, according to Jones and colleagues, as this would solve several problems at once (more on this below).

If the general trend observed in organ donation as a whole continues, women will continue to be donors more often than they are recipients.

Source: Why you should not put wombs in males — Natalie L. Dinsdale

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