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Ovarian Transplants – Good or Bad Idea?

New research suggests that ovarian transplants may have effects beyond increasing fertility.

AnnA Rushton

Have you read Margaret Atwood’s novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’?  Don’t worry, this has not turned into a book review but the premise of that book was about a future society where, because of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving.  It is of course a novel and was seen when it was first published in 1985 to be on the far reaches of science fiction but this is no longer the case.

Surrogate mothers are an established fact but advances in science have meant that ovarian transplants – although not that common, or wholly successful – can now be offered to women with the laudable aim of preserving a woman’s fertility, after cancer treatment for instance, or of extending her reproductive life-span.

It also means that women who have ovarian tissue frozen at young ages, perhaps because they are about to embark on cancer treatment, can have their young ovarian tissue transplanted back when they are older which is certainly a benefit.

However, a new piece of research from Japan which is looking to extend the reproductive benefits is suggesting that an ovarian transplant will not only increase fertility, but will also extend life-span and effectively rejuvenate the recipient. As a society we chase quite desperately after the elixir of youth and methods that will hold back ageing and the biological clock, but surely there are limits?

Dr Noriko Kagawa, Associate Director for Research at the Kato Ladies’ Clinic in Tokyo, told the 26th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Rome that successful ovarian transplants increased the life-span of the mice by more than 40%.  And I don’t think it is too far-fetched for certain people to see this as a potentially lucrative anti-ageing program in some form or other.

That may seem far-fetched, but then so did surrogate mothers back in 1985 when there was no idea that the practice would become as widespread as it has.  Could this be another step down that road?

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Ema | 8:33 pm, October 24th, 2012

Yes, it would be extremely rare to have lung caencr at an early age . . there are biological reasons . . the biology of a child is different than that of an older adult . . thus age groups have different types of caencrs . . there are specific caencrs for four identified age groups. What this means is that caencr is often age specific .. there are caencrs of childhood, caencrs of adolescents, caencrs of young adults, and caencrs of older adults (over 50). Lung caencr is almost predominately a disease of older adults and sometimes adults younger than 50 will get it also. It is very rare to occur in children, adolescents, or young adults under 30. However, caencr is deceptive and for every rule there is an exception . . so, while rare . . yes, children and the young can develop a subtype of lung caencr. Even with advanced stages, no one knows how long an individual will survive. Treatment for lung caencr would generally not involve a lung transplant.You can locate young lung caencr survivors online at groups such as Planet Cancer and I’m too young for this

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AnnA Rushton | 11:14 am, February 10th, 2011

Our libido and sexual desire is a very complex and sensitive subject and can be affected by so many things from hormone imbalance to undealt with issues withing the relationship.

In this specific instance, ovarian transplant is a very new area of research and so far confined to mice. That being the case I can’t see how this would help with libido and certainly not in the immediate future.

Many other routes would be a better first option, and certainly women have found that their libido has increased when they began using natural progesterone.

This is certainly something to explore with your own doctor or someone experienced in natural bio-identical hormone prescribing.

holly | 11:39 pm, February 9th, 2011

can this bring back ur sex life

 
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