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Fertility Hope as Study Shows Eggs Survive in Older Ovaries

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, February 02, 2016 | 0 comments

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Australian researchers have made a significant discovery that could change the way the female reproductive system is viewed.

Challenging the idea that women have a set number of eggs from birth, scientists from Prince Henry’s Institute as well as Monash’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology have found that female mice actually have a renewable supply of eggs in their ovaries.

In their research, investigators found that healthy female mice are able to maintain their overall supply of eggs for longer than previously thought and did not display signs of egg quantity decline.

This suggests that the mice have some way of renewing or replenishing their egg stores, although researchers weren’t exactly sure just how they did this.

While investigators acknowledged that this findings may not hold true in humans, learning just how mice renewed their egg supplies could give scientists an idea of how to help some women with their fertility problems in the future.

Further research is needed in order to understand how the mice maintain their egg supply for so long.

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by Brooks Hansen

-- Offering men a chance to be heard and women a rare opportunity to view the struggle with infertility from a male perspective, The Brotherhood of Joseph brings to life the anger, frustration, humor, heartbreak, and sense of helplessness that come to dominate the husband’s role.

As his remarkable account reaches its finale in Siberia, however, Hansen’s once again becomes the story of a husband and a wife who, even after years of medical frustration and fruitless paperwork, still must take one last risk together and trust in their most basic instincts before their new family can be born.

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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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