Saturday, April 13, 2013

Uterus Transplants: A New Hope

Amazing, hopeful news for infertile patients around the world! The first successful uterus transplant was performed in Turkey on 22 year old Derya Sert, a woman born without a uterus.
Here is a video interviewing her doctor!
After healing from her transplant, Derya was ready to try and get pregnant. She was in fact born with healthy ovaries, so she went through IVF.  After her egg retrieval and embryo transfer,
Derya is now two weeks pregnant!
        Doctors say that she may be at high risk for miscarriage and they are taking one day at a time. But even to get this far is amazing and very hopeful! What does this mean for the many women who because of imperfections or disease in their uterus cannot get pregnant or cannot carry a baby to term? I think it opens up a whole new world of possibilities!
        The infertility community talks a lot about hope. Most often, hope is all we have to hold on to.  Hope is what gets us through.  There is a great quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I keep close to my heart, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."  This new medical breakthrough certainly will restore infinite hope to those who have endured great disappointment along their journey with infertility.


  1. This is absolutely incredible. I wish I could have a new uterus and live a life without pain... It just makes me wonder though, if I have endometriosis now and I was given a new uterus, would I develop endometriosis again? I think I'd take my chances to be honest! xxx
    Endometriosis my life with you

  2. Thank you for reading! It most likely would spread to the uterus again I would think :-( . But, for women with endo wanting to get pregnant, I wonder if the uterus is quite damaged by endo, if transplanting a new one and THEN getting pregnant would help. But also it took about 18 months for the uterus to be fully accepted by the body. So one would hope the endo wouldn't grow in that time. I find it hopeful anyway. It brings me hope that things I cannot even imagine or think possible, might be available to help us in the future.

  3. I heard about this a long time ago but I hadn't heard that she got pregnant! Woohoo! This is amazing, amazing news. Thanks for sharing.