A new procedure may help women preserve fertility after they undergo
treatment for cancer or other diseases. In a study published in the
Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers implanted
ovarian tissue into the arms of two women in their 30s who'd had their
One woman had had ovarian cancer and the other had
benign ovarian cysts. The transplanted tissue produced functioning
"mini-ovaries" in both women's forearms that produced mature egg cells
and regulated menstruation, The Associated Press reports.
researchers say the procedure could make it possible for women whose
ovaries are removed or destroyed by chemotherapy, radiation or cancer
drugs to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization. They say the
women could have ovarian tissue removed before they began treatment for
cancer or other diseases, and then have it implanted once the treatment
Because only part of the ovary is needed for the
transplant, doctors would be able to select healthy tissue from women
whose ovaries are damaged, the AP reports.
European Soc for Human Reproduction
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