Can A Man Get Pregnant
Until about the 1970s, s used to injectpotentially pregnant women's urine inside female rabbits, and the rabbits would thenbe killed to examine their ovaries and tell if the woman was pregnant. What?! Hello there children of pregnancy, Jules herefor DNews! In 2008, Thomas Beatie, a man, gave birth,not via csection, to a healthy baby girl. His pregnancy was a pretty big deal; he wason Oprah, became a public speaker, and later gave birth to two more children.
Beatie is one of a number of transgender menwho have elected to have a child. In 2014 in Australia alone, which is one ofthe few countries to track such statistics, Medicare reported 54 men who had given birth,based on the gender noted in their medical documentation. But one of the many nonheartwarming reactionsto the Beatie story was that his pregnancy did not â€œcountâ€�, because he was designatedfemale at birth and had a uterus, or aâ€¦ duderus. Thankfully, these inexplicably angry detractors,are likely not medically trained professionals,
or they'd know that a uterus is by no meansnecessary for forming babby. In fact, every oneinten thousand pregnanciesends up with the fetus coming to term in the abdomen, specifically the peritoneal (parrottoeneal)cavity. This can happen when, after conception, theegg moves towards the uterus but falls out of the fallopian tube into the abdomen. There have even been cases of simultaneousuterine AND abdominal pregnancies, which makes the kids more like neighbors than wombmates. Any pregnancy where the fetus develops outsidethe uterus is known as â€œectopicâ€�, and
serves as a useful model for what happensto babies born outside of standard conditions, say, within a man's abdomen. One fascinating take away is that these abdominalpregnancies are more likely to result in a female birth than a male one, by a ratio ofroughly 2 to 3. Turns out, male fetuses are much worse atsurviving an uncomfortable gestation environment, although for both sexes, abdominal pregnanciesvery rarely produce a live birth. Nonetheless, the fact that fetuses can developoutside of the uterus has raised serious questions about whether it would be possible for mento have such an ectopic implantation.
And, it's a tricky subject. On the one hand, a number of s say thatsuch an pregnancy would be completely possible: the embryo would be implanted in the abdomen,the placenta would attach to abdominal organs, and delivery would be done by Csection. Any missing pregnancy hormones could be supplementedwith injections. But despite the theoretical capability, noman, or woman, or any person, has yet to go through with such an implantation, mainlybecause, on its face, it is an incredibly dangerous procedure.
One bioethicist explained that the questionwasn't â€œCan a man do itâ€�, but â€œCan he survive it?â€�. So for humans, the answer is pretty decidedlyâ€œYes, but in some cases, it might kill you.â€� But forget about humans for a secondâ€¦ whatabout seahorses? Great question. Seahorses are a member of the Syngnathidae(signathadie) fish family, most of which display a fascinatingly unique form of pregnancy. Male seahorses have a special pouch, or whatwe can call a â€œwombâ€�, on the front side