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Fertility: Age is no barrier...

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, February 05, 2016 | 0 comments

Image: Cari Ellen and Jadyn, by aturkus  / Alan Turkus, on Flickr
Benjamin Franklin said that the only certainties in this world are death and taxes. To these, women might add a third: the menopause.

But this year, two separate developments have suggested that Franklin was right after all.

In March came a report indicating that ovaries contain stem cells that might be prompted to carry on making eggs throughout a woman's adult life.

Then, in October, Belgian doctors reported that a woman whose ovaries were damaged by cancer chemotherapy had given birth, possibly owing to a graft of her own preserved ovarian tissue that they had transplanted into her body. Together, these results hinted that women might one day be able to delay starting their families until their forties or beyond.

The scientists working on these projects aim to develop methods to preserve the fertility of women who have been driven through a premature menopause by treatments for diseases such as cancer.

But given that many women in industrialized societies want to delay reproduction while they further their careers, such methods are inevitably also going to be seen as tools for healthy women.

Full article: Nature.com

Photo credit: Cari Ellen and Jadyn, by aturkus / Alan Turkus, on Flickr
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Every Drunken Cheerleader: Why Not Me?, by Kristine Ireland Waits. Publisher: Endurance Publishing (March 1, 2010)Every Drunken Cheerleader
Why Not Me?
by Kristine Ireland Waits

-- If you're eager to have a baby, doesn't the title say enough? Laugh, cry, share, relate - LOVE this book and all it offers to your soul. It's wit, wisdom and warmth from an author you'll quickly see as your sincere fertility-challenged friend.

This information-packed, inspiring story is for women who are struggling with infertility and for those trying to support them. Enjoy an easy-reading journey you'll remember throughout life. Overwhelmed at the idea of dealing with friends' baby showers, insurance, husbands, needles, tears, heartbreak and surprises?

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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