Scientists Just Found a Way to "Reverse Menopause"
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A team of scientists claim to have reversed menopause and successfully fertilized an egg harvested from a patient after treatment. However, an associated peer-reviewed paper is not yet published. As women get older, their fertility rates go downhill. The ovaries release less and less eggs until it finally comes to a halt. This is known as menopause.
Modern women are choosing to postpone childbirth to a later point in life, meaning that by the time they decide to have children, it may be too late, as the biological clock doesn’t stop ticking. Of course there are in vitro fertilization and egg freezing, but these options are not guaranteed and have some risks involved.
Dealing with this issue, a team of researchers headed by Konstantinos Sfakianoudis from Genesis, Athens is claiming that they have developed a blood treatment that can reverse menopause and restore fertility by allowing women to start releasing eggs again—whether they are menopausal by age or prematurely due to some condition.
Is it too good to be true?
While the promise of lengthening the fertility age is exciting, nothing is concluded just yet. As the researchers have not released a formal paper for peer review and verification, we can only trust their words, for now.
The science behind it:
The team’s supposed therapy is based on platelet-rich plasma (PRP)—the product of segregating the platelet-rich plasma in blood using a centrifuge. While still a subject for debate, some believe that this plasma can trigger the growth of muscle and bone tissue, inducing regeneration.
They claim that when injected into the ovaries of post-menopausal women, the plasma had the same regeneration effect and restarted the menstrual cycle. According to the team, one of the successful therapy patients was a woman who had not been menstruating for five years—she was also able to release three eggs afterwards, two of which were successfully fertilized using the patient’s husband’s sperm.
The team says they are waiting for the third egg to be fertilized before implanting them into the woman’s uterus. Apart from the two-out-of-three eggs fertilized, 2/3 is also the magic number for the success rate.
It seems to work in about two-thirds of cases.We see changes in biochemical patterns, a restoration of menses, and egg recruitment and fertilization.
Sfakianoudis told New Scientist
If however, this is about to be officially discovered, it would serve humanity very good. We are aware of the ethical issues which might occur, but we hope for the best for our women and transferring one more power to them taken from nature is a good thing for everyone.