If you’ve finished having babies, you may want to give serious thought to donating your uterus. Here’s what you need to know.
Aprill Lane definitely struggled to get pregnant, but luckily she now has a family of 5 healthy children, all under 7. For her part, she’s finished having babies.
She hasn’t forgotten how awful it felt to deal with infertility for so long.
During her interview on Good Morning America, Aprill said, “Infertility really, aside from the physical effects of it, it emotionally and socially affects you in a huge way. If I could help one other person be relieved of some of that, I would.”
There are clinical trials ongoing at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Donating Your Uterus: Is It Right For You?
A person who donates an organ (or uterus) is truly someone special. They are selfless and willing to do the “big thing” that gives new life to someone whose body isn’t working correctly.
In the case of donating a uterus, “new life” is the gift. “If I could help just one family, that’s healing for me,” Aprill said.
If you have the family you dreamed of and have a healthy uterus, this could be something to consider.
From Baylor: A uterus can be donated from either a living or deceased donor. A living uterus donor has met any desire she has to do her own childbearing and gives her uterus for the purpose of transplantation to a female recipient. A deceased uterus donor is a female that is willing to donate her uterus after death. A uterus transplant or donation is not for everyone, and there is an extensive screening process prior to inclusion in the trial. If you are interested in uterus donation or to enroll for uterus transplant, please complete our online contact us form.
Requirements for Uterus Donors
Be between ages 30-50.
Have a BMI of less than 30.
Donors must have been cancer-free for the last five years.
Negative for HIV, hepatitis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes.
No history of hypertension or diabetes.
Important Info for Potential Donors
You will be paying for your own travel for all the appointments and the donation itself. Don’t be surprised if there is no paid time off from your employer for this kind of surgery.
The surgery itself is about 9 hours.
Subsequently, you should expect to be in the hospital for about 5 days and possibly another couple of days in a hotel near the hospital.
You won’t be able to lift heavy things (like your kids) for 8 weeks.
By the way, you won’t meet the recipient until after the donation, and then only if they choose to meet you.
In order to prevent the possibility of infection or rejection, the donated uterus is removed after the recipient has had children.
Women who could benefit from a uterus transplant
Women who were born without a uterus.
Women who have had cancer that damaged their uterus or have had it removed.
Women who have uterine fibroids.
Women who have a malformed uterus.
Women who’ve had a damaging infection.
Would you consider donating your uterus?
What would lead you to do it? If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, is a donated uterus something you’d want to know more about?