ZocdocAnswersIs there such at thing as a plastic womb?

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Is there such at thing as a plastic womb?

can you have a baby with it?

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I recommend discussing your concern with a reproductive medicine specialist. Unfortunately, there are no implants or artificial organs that can replace the function of the normal uterus. The function of the uterus is just too complicated for us to with medical technology. There are so many interactions between the uterus the placenta and the growing fetus that I don't think that we would ever be able to get it right. Now conception can occur outside of the woman's reproductive system, but after some time usually a week or so, the fertilized egg needs to be introduced into a woman for it to be able to implant and grow. For women that do not have a uterus or have had their uterus removed, the best option is to consider a surrogate mother. This is where your eggs are harvested, mixed with the sperm of your partner, and then implanted into a woman that then carries the baby to term. Often times people use relatives such as a sister. In Europe there are ongoing trials of uterus transplants between live donors, but this is purely experimental. If you are looking to have a baby, and would like to consider the surrogate mother option, I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with a reproductive medicine specialist. Good luck.

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