For those who thought their childbearing years were over, there’s a good news – a team of researchers has found a way to keep you going even after menopause.
The team claimed that the technique, wherein periods are restarted by rejuvenating ovaries to release fertile eggs, even worked on a woman who had not menstruated in five years, the Mirror reported.
Scientists were successful in fertilising her two eggs using her husband’s sperm. Now, the embryos are on ice before they are implanted in her uterus.
Another 30 women who want children have had the treatment, which is said to have worked in two-thirds of cases.
Gynaecologist Konstantinos Sfakianoudis from the Greek fertility clinic Genesis Athens said: “It offers a window of hope that menopausal women will be able to get pregnant using their own genetic material.”
The team found ovaries can be restarted with a blood treatment used to help wounds heal faster called Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) which helps trigger growth of tissue and blood vessels.
When injected into older ovaries it was found to restart menstrual cycles, allowing the team to collect and fertilise eggs released, according to the New Scientist.
Roger Sturmey at Hull York Medical School in the UK said: “It is potentially quite exciting. But it also opens up ethical questions over what the upper age limit of mothers should be. Where would the line be drawn?”
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