Medical Procedure to Delay Menopause by 20 Years
Women can now udergo a medical procedure to delay menopause by as much as two decades!
A special medical procedure that avails women the opportunity to delay menopause by as much as twenty years exist. This procedure, developed by IVF and fertility specialists in Birmingham, Britain called ProFam, was developed to benefit women who experience critical health complications brought on by menopause.
According to ProFam, besides delaying menopause for up to twenty years, this procedure also increases a woman’s the opportunity to conceive much later.
This menopause delay procedure is involves a surgical removal of a small portion of a woman’s ovaries, which then gets processed into tiny strips which then get frozen.
The prcedure costs between £7,000 to £10,000 is open to women 40 years and above
According the Simon Fishel, the founder of ProFam, this procedure:
““… has the potential to be of significant benefit to any woman who may want to delay the menopause for any reason, or those women who would have taken HRT, and there are lots of benefits around that,” Prof Fishel told the Guardian.”
Younger women are also taking advantage of the opportunity presented by this procedure as nine women have so far had the procedure to remove and freeze their ovarian tissue with a view to delaying the menopause when they are older. Doctors employ the use of a keyhole surgery to remove a tiny piece of ovarian tissue, which then gets sliced up and frozen to preserve it.
At a later time when the women enter menopause, the frozen tissue then gets thawed and reintroduced into the body. To restore falling hormone levels, doctors typically choose a site with a good blood supply, such as the armpit. Provided the ovarian tissue survives the process, it should restore the woman’s declining sex hormones and halt the menopause.
“This is the first project in the world to provide healthy women ovarian tissue cryopreservation purely to delay the menopause,” the company’s chief medical officer, Yousri Afifi, told the Sunday Times.
Beyond postponing menopause, the doctors believe the procedure could save the NHS substantial amounts of money by reducing treatment costs for the menopause and more serious, related problems such as heart conditions and osteoporosis.
But it could also be a game-changer for fertility treatment. Unlike IVF, ovarian tissue preservation does not require drugs to stimulate the ovaries, and is likely to produce far more eggs. If women in their 20s routinely had ovarian tissue removed and stored, Fishel said, they could potentially have access to thousands of eggs should they later decide to have children.
Women could even have part of their tissue reimplanted to restore their fertility before starting a family, and the rest regrafted later to hold off the menopause, he said.
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