Psychological issues associated with absolute uterine factor infertility and attitudes of patients toward uterine transplantation

Srdjan Saso, Alex Clarke, Timothy Bracewell-Milnes, Anja Saso, Maya Al-Memar, Meen Yau Thum, Joseph Yazbek, Giuseppe Del Priore, Paul Hardiman, Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami, J. Richard Smith

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Abstract

Context: Uterine transplantation (UTx). Objective: To explore patients’ knowledge of and attitudes toward UTx before and after a short educational intervention via a video and question and answer (Q&A) session. Design: Large, in-depth survey investigating patients’ motivations, aims, and beliefs on UTx. Setting: Imperial College London. Participants: Women diagnosed with absolute uterine factor infertility (AUFI) who were seeking information on UTx and had already volunteered to participate in the study. Intervention: A semistructured interview involving a brief baseline questionnaire before a Q&A session and a 20-minute video exploring the main risks and benefits for UTx. Main outcome measures: Attitudes of self-referred patients with AUFI toward UTx before and after education focusing on UTx. Rank order of importance of key UTx-related issues. Results: Forty women were interviewed. Following the video presentation and Q&A session, 97.5% (n = 39) would undergo UTx ahead of surrogacy and adoption in full knowledge that the latter 2 options would be ultimately safer for their own well-being and the fact that the graft could fail even prior to conception. All felt that UTx should take place, and 92.5% saw UTx as achievable. Conclusion: The study demonstrates a keen interest in UTx, partly because other options seem difficult to access. It is worth noting that people appear to be distancing themselves from the risk. This requires careful assessment in any clinical program. This study is the first to demonstrate a qualitative relationship between patients with AUFI and their curiosity and desire for UTx. It paves the way for forming the introduction into the psychological assessment of a potential patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-39
Number of pages12
JournalProgress in Transplantation
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Fertility
  • Health-care professionals
  • Survey
  • Transplantation
  • Uterus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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    Saso, S., Clarke, A., Bracewell-Milnes, T., Saso, A., Al-Memar, M., Thum, M. Y., Yazbek, J., Del Priore, G., Hardiman, P., Ghaem-Maghami, S., & Richard Smith, J. (2016). Psychological issues associated with absolute uterine factor infertility and attitudes of patients toward uterine transplantation. Progress in Transplantation, 26(1), 28-39. https://doi.org/10.1177/1526924816634840