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Attitudes about Uterine Transplantation

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE’S 2017 SCIENTIFIC CONGRESS & EXPO

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San Antonio, TX – Research presented today at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Scientific Congress examined the attitudes of the public, and physicians about one of the newest treatment options in reproductive medicine – uterine transplants.

A group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston surveyed a group of over 400 US Obstetrician Gynecologists on the issue. They found that over 78% of the doctors felt a woman should be allowed to donate or receive a uterus. Only 20% however supported health insurance coverage of the procedure and a full 28% reported finding the procedure unethical.

A related study also by the Boston team explored public beliefs about uterine transplant and found even greater support for it in a non-medical population. The survey with over 1000 respondents, 78% of those surveyed supported it and 45% supported health insurance coverage of the procedure.

“As we move forward with new technologies, it is important that we pause to consider how our colleagues, our patients, and the public feel about them,” said Richard J. Paulson, MD, President of the ASRM.

O-32 E. Hariton et al, “A SURVEY OF PUBLIC OPINION IN THE UNITED STATES REGARDING UTERINE TRANSPLANTATION.”

P-265 P. Bortoletto et al,” UTERINE TRANSPLANTATION: A SURVEY OF PHYSICIANS PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES.”

 

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