Infertile Ladies May Not Need Egg Donors
Time magazine reports: “Many of these ladies, whose ovaries do not produce the regular amounts of estrogen needed to nurture, develop healthy eggs every month, will enter menopause before they turn forty.”
But the researchers at Stanford University have developed a new technique which they believe can boost female’s ability to produce healthy, mature eggs.
“Using a technique called in vitro activation (IVA), the scientists take an ovary, or piece of ovarian tissue, and treat it outside the body with proteins and other factors which normally prompt immature follicles to mature into eggs. The recharged tissue is then reimplanted into the women’s ovaries.”
In the small study of twenty-seven volunteers. Which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 5 women were able to produce viable eggs. One was pregnant, one given birth to a healthy baby and 2 women were waiting for an embryo transfer.
When it is not an overwhelming success just yet, doctors are optimistic that this stimulation of follicles which failed to develop properly will help ladies who previously had to rely on egg donors for getting pregnant. It can also be a solution for those who have egg loss for chemotherapy.
To translate all of that scientific mumbo-jumbo, it means that this new technique would open up the doors for many ladies struggling with infertility to finally getting pregnant. Which is an awesome, awesome thing!