Ovarian Tissue Donation And Transplant

It may soon be possible to transplant ovarian tissue from one woman to another. This would allow one woman to donate a piece of her ovary and have it transplanted into another woman. The recipient would use the donor ovarian tissue to ovulate and become pregnant using natural sexual intercourse. The eggs would have the genetic material from the donor, but the pregnancy would be fertilized and grown within the body of the recipient. Ovarian tissue transplant is generally acceptable even for women who are forbidden to receive egg donation for religious reasons because it is viewed as an organ transplant and not a human egg or embryo donation.

As with donors of sperm, eggs, or embryos, a legal agreement must be in place between the donor and recipient.

At the present time, ovarian donation and transplant has only been successful in animals, but research continues and appears promising for the future.

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