Feel the Biological Clock Ticking? Women Could Soon Have Healthy Babies at 50

posted: 08/04/16
by: Ashley Vazquez
Joyful mother and son

If hearing the tick tock of your biological clock in the back of your mind is giving you gray hairs, this new medical procedure could be a real game changer.

It's called ovarian rejuvenation, and it basically restarts the baby-making process AFTER menopause has kicked in.

A group of Greek scientists from a reputable institution developed a way to help postmenopausal women conceive using their own eggs- whether they entered into an early menopause or they're just at an advanced age.

According to New York's Advanced Fertility Services, ovarian rejuvenation works by using cells from other parts of the patient's body and injecting them into the ovaries, which triggers growth, and allows a postmenopausal woman to ovulate again.

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Cosmopolitan spoke with Konstantinos Pantos, MD, one of the fertility specialists behind this cutting edge approach.

Although the experiment is still ongoing, and none of the patients have gotten pregnant yet- Pantos' team has succeeded in bringing back a woman's period 5 years after she went into an early menopause.

In a year, Pantos will know for sure if this procedure will successfully produce healthy babies. He says, "Ovaries which have gone dormant are starting to work again. We don't know if it's temporary or permanent, but it's reassuring. I'm very, very hopeful."

That's because this procedure has already proved effective for women who have thin or damaged endometrial linings, those who suffer from frequent miscarriages.

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The revolutionary procedure has already attracted medical tourists from over 34 countries, but there is a limit on how old is too old.

This treatment is currently only available to healthy women under the age of 50 who have entered into menopause. Due to the risks of birth defects associated with babies of older women, Pantos clarifies "Our aim isn't to enable 75- or 80-year-old women."

He assures "We're not trying to surpass nature, just extend its boundaries."