Women could beat the menopause and delay motherhood by freezing ovaries
Women could become mothers later on in life and delay the menopause as another successful ovary transplant gives career women and cancer sufferers new hope.
Freezing ovarian tissue and then re-implanting years later currently allows some cancer sufferers to start a family after treatment, but surgeons suggest that the process could also be used to help career women and those who want to delay motherhood and beat the menopause.
Dr Silber of the Infertility Center of Saint Louis, Missouri has previously suggested how the procedure could help young women have ‘the best of all worlds’, he said: “A young ovary can be transplanted back at any time and it will extend fertility and delay the menopause. You could even wait until you were 47.”
So far 22 women have given birth after having their ovarian tissue restored, with a woman in Italy recently giving birth after having her ovarian tissue frozen for several years.
Whilst the procedure is currently offered for medical reasons, experts suggest that doctors need to look at the ethical questions before allowing women the option of delaying motherhood for personal reasons.
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