This breakthrough medical procedure could delay menopause by up to 20 years.
Researchers at UK-based reportedly launched a medical procedure that they claim could delay menopause for 20 years. The operation could potentially prolong fertility and delay the more serious side effects of menopause like heart conditions, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Other common side effects include mood swings, hot flashes, and decreased sex drive.
“This has the potential to be of significant benefit to any woman who may want to delay menopause for any reason, or those women who would have taken [hormone replacement therapy], and there are lots of benefits around that,” professor and IVF specialist Simon Fishel told The Guardian.
At least nine women as young as 22 years old have reportedly had the procedure and it’s available to women under the age of 40. Researchers say the procedure could appeal to women who have a family history of difficult menopause or who live with ovarian problems.
It involves using keyhole surgery to remove a small piece of ovarian tissue, freezing the tissue, and then implanting a slice of that tissue after the onset of menopause. The implantation is designed to restore pre-menopause hormone levels.
Some fertility experts have expressed skepticism, noting that doctors have used a similar treatment to protect young women’s fertility while undergoing cancer treatment.