Goodbye menopause, hello future! What if women could have children well into their sixties?
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An experimental treatment for women entering menopause resulted in the reduction of menopausal symptoms in some women, as well as two pregnancies in women who used the treatment in conjunction with IVF.
The new treatment may give women the opportunity to become pregnant even after they have begun experiencing symptoms of menopause.
The science behind the treatment's effectiveness is still unclear.
But what if women could still have children well into fifties and sixties? What if menopause became a thing of the past?
As they age, women see a drop in fertility as their ovaries release fewer eggs each year. In an experimental study, Kostantinos Sfakianoudis' team at the Genesis Athens Clinic in Greece tried a new treatment on 180 women between the ages of 34 and 51, some of whom had damage in their uterine lining and others who exhibited menopausal or perimenopausal symptoms.
Researchers collected blood from the women, spun the samples in the centrifuge to isolated platelet-rich plasma, and then injected the collected plasma back into the women to repair their reproductive systems. The physicians injected the plasma directly into the ovaries and the uterus. While the results from this procedure are promising so far, there need to be rigorous trials before any conclusions are made.
Sfakianoudis was able to help some women get relief from their symptoms. Additionally, two women got pregnant when utilizing the study treatment in conjunction with IVF, but one of the women had a miscarriage. The physicians involved, however, aren’t entirely sure of the science behind the process. While Sfakianoudis’s method has helped two women who were having trouble getting pregnant, most physicians are awaiting more information before performing this method on their patients. The research team hopes to run trials in both Greece and the United States