With Menopause Reversal, Women Could Be Forever Fertile
(Link): With Menopause Reversal, Women Could Be Forever Fertile
The hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness characteristic of menopause may no longer also signal the end of a woman’s fertility thanks to a blood treatment used to heal wounds.
Presenting their findings at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting in Helsinki, Finland, this month, researchers in Greece said they were able to reverse menopause in roughly 30 women, including one who entered menopause at 40 but five years later menstruated again, reports (Link): New Scientist.
The team has collected three eggs from her and, using her husband’s sperm, fertilized two into embryos that they plan to implant into her uterus. Still, an outside researcher says, the development “opens up ethical questions over what the upper age limit of mothers should be.” The team reports that roughly 1% of women become infertile before they turn 40 thanks to certain medical conditions and cancer treatments.
“It offers a window of hope that menopausal women will be able to get pregnant using their own genetic material,” says gynecologist Konstantinos Sfakianoudis. The team injected a woman’s ovaries with a platelet-rich plasma—or PRP, which is made with a person’s own blood to trigger tissue and blood vessel growth and has been used by the likes of Tiger Woods to speed healing from soft-tssue injuries, notes (Link): Forbes—to effectively rejuvenate them and trigger menstrual cycles.
They’re not yet sure exactly how it works, but they’ve managed to fertilize eggs from nearly all of the 30 women they studied, who are between 45 and 49 and want to have children.
(Link): Annoying: Some Married Women Including Some Infertile Ones
(Link): Infertility/ Kids/ The Male Biological Clock
(Link): Mothers Over 40 in Record Baby Boom: Number of Women Who Give Birth in Their Fifth Decade or Later Trebles
(Link): Ladies Over 35 Years Of Age Having Babies
(Link): Woman, 47, Gives Birth to Her First Child an Hour After Learning She Was Pregnant
(Link): Woman in Her 70s May Be Oldest Ever to Give Birth
(Link): Sorry, but being a mother is not the most important job in the world by Catherine Deveny
(Link): Stop Pressuring Women to Be Moms: It’s Insulting to Assume We All Want The Same Thing by R K Bussel
(Link): Baby Making Fixation at Christianity Today Magazine Online – Shaming Women For Not Procreating, or For Delaying Motherhood, or For Limiting the Number of Children
(Link): Otherhood – An overlooked demographic – the Childless and Childfree Women and Singles Especially Women Who Had Hoped to Marry and Have Kids But Never Met Mr. Right (links)
(Link): Do You Rate Your Family Too High?
(Link): Lies The Church Tells Single (and childless) Women (by Sue Bohlin)
(Link): The Not Mom Blog: Childless by Chance Topic and Other Posts
(Link): Are Marriage and Family A Woman’s Highest Calling? by Marcia Wolf – and other links that address the Christian fallacy that a woman’s most godly or only proper role is as wife and mother
(Link): Childless and happy: The new tribe of women?
(Link): Why all the articles about being Child Free? On Being Childfree or Childless – as a Conservative / Right Wing / Christian
(Link): Single Dads By Choice: More Men Going It Alone
(Link): Bacon Can Harm a Man’s Fertility (article)
(Link): The Decline in Male Fertility (article)
(Link): Are Older Men’s Sperm Really Any Worse? (study) Also: article author assumes men single and/or childless until their late 30s and older are probably autistic, retarded, or drooling simpletons
(Link): Christian Patriarchy Group: God Demands You Marry and Have Babies to Defeat Paganism and Satan. Singles and the Childless Worthless (in this worldview).
(Link): Rock Singer Gwen Stefani Pregnant at Age 43
(Link): This dad is glad he postponed fatherhood (commentary – first time father at age 40 or older)
(Link): Women are having fewer kids, and demographers don’t know why
(Link): Three Parents? FDA Mulls Safety of Embryo Technique