Current status of surrogacy in Japan and uterine transplantation research

Iori Kisu, Kouji Banno, Makoto Mihara, Takuya Iida, Yasunori Yoshimura

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Recent advances in assisted reproductive technology (ART) have made it possible to circumvent many causes of male and female infertility. The right to have a child by ART has been respected for infertile couples. However, there are currently no legal regulations concerning ART in Japan, and this has resulted in social and ethical problems. Surrogacy involves particularly complex medical, ethical, social, and legal issues, and is frequently focused on as a major social concern. Uterine transplantation (UTx) is a potential alternative for young women with uterine factor infertility due to hysterectomy for treatment of a malignant uterine tumor or massive blood loss after delivery, or because of a congenital disease such as Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster syndrome. UTx has been examined in experimental animals as a basis for establishment of fecundity for young women with uterine factor infertility. In this review, we focus on surrogacy in Japan and UTx research, and discuss the current status and concerns in this field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct


  • HRT
  • Life ethics
  • Surrogacy
  • Uterine infertility
  • Uterine transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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