Saturday, December 17, 2016

Advance in Fertility Preservation.

Certain treatments in childhood have the effect of destroying people's ability to have genetically related children later on in life.Advances in fertility preservation are helping overcome this problem. 

In a case reported recently, a woman -- age 24 -- gave birth to a child, relying on ovarian tissue taken from her when she was 9 years old, in other words before she had even reached puberty.  The tissue was treated and frozen in a particular way, and then surgically reimplanted when she was interested in having a child. The tissue then produced ova capable of fertilization.

What's remarkable about this is that the tissue was taken at a time when the technique was not yet proved to be effective.

This technique had been successful with adult women, but this case offers proof-of-principle that the technique can work for prepubertal girls as well.