Options for acquiring motherhood in absolute uterine factor infertility:adoption, surrogacy and uterine transplantation

Jones, Benjamin and Ranaei-Zamani, Niccole and Vali, Saaliha and Williams, Nicola and Saso, Srdjan and Thum, Meen- Yau and Al-Memar, Maya and Dixon, Nuala and Rose, Gillian and Testa, Giuliano and Johannesson, Liza and Yazbek, Joseph and Wilkinson, Stephen and Smith, J Richard (2021) Options for acquiring motherhood in absolute uterine factor infertility:adoption, surrogacy and uterine transplantation. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, 23 (2). pp. 138-147.

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Abstract

Key content Following the diagnosis of absolute uterine factor infertility (AUFI), women may experience considerable psychological harm as a result of a loss of reproductive function and the realisation of permanent and irreversible infertility. Adoption enables women with AUFI, and their partners, to experience social and legal parenthood, also often providing benefits for the adopted child. Surrogacy offers the opportunity to have genetically related offspring. Outcomes are generally positive in both surrogates and the children born as a result. Uterine transplantation is the only option to restore reproductive anatomy and functionality. While associated with considerable risk, it allows the experience of gestation and the achievement of biological, social and legal parenthood. Learning objectives To gain an understanding of the routes to parenthood available for women with AUFI experiencing involuntary childlessness, such as adoption, surrogacy and, most recently, uterine transplantation To consider a suggested management plan to facilitate counselling in women with AUFI who experience involuntary childlessness. Ethical issues In the UK, whilst the number of children requiring adoption continues to increase, the number being adopted from care is decreasing. Some cultures may hold ethical or religious beliefs that surrogacy is unacceptable, and its legal position in many jurisdictions is problematic. Restrictive selection criteria and high costs may limit future availability of uterine transplantation

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Journal Article
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The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
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26 Mar 2021 14:25
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