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Can the menopause be reversed for a successful pregnancy?

A revolutionary new injection is said to “reverse” the effects of menopause and allow older women to carry and give birth to a baby

The injections have helped at least one fully menopausal woman birth recently in Greece.

The ovarian injection is being hailed as a massive fertility breakthrough, and now three perimenopausal women have also given birth after the same injection protocol.

Now, people around the world are wondering if this could be a breakthrough for those who want to have children later in life

The Genesis Athens fertility clinic is pioneering use of a technique called platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) that is usually used to help wounds heal. The injections trigger the growth of blood vessels and tissue, but experts at Genesis wondered if it could have an application for fertility treatments. They injected PRP into 30 women aged 46 to 49, all of whom had gone through the menopause and stopped having periods. The injections were done directly into their ovaries.

While the average age of the menopause in the UK is 51, 1 in 100 women go through premature menopause (also known as premature ovarian insufficiency) before they hit the age of 40. As a result, many miss out on the chance to have a child naturally.

According to the New Scientist, the PRP injections have been successful in triggering a period in nearly 70% of the women in the trial.

This included a woman who had not menstruated in more than five years. Despite her menopausal status, Genesis’s team collected three eggs from her, and two have been successfully fertilised by her husband’s sperm in the lab. They are now frozen, and she is awaiting implantation.

Genesis Clinic’s Dr Konstantinos Pantos is excited about the promise of this treatment. “Lots of women focus on their jobs, careers… [until] they’re past the age of 40, [and then say], ‘Now let’s go have a child.’ In the meantime, menopause has arrived, and they can’t have children.”

Dr Pantos knows that his technique could be seen as controversial, as he did not conduct any animal testing before trying his method on menopausal women. However, he stresses that this technique has been tested on mice eggs.

In the past, he has helped a 59-year-old woman to have a child, but that was before Greece enacted limitations banning IVF over the age of 50.

He now thinks that there should be an age limit for his treatment, but that it is up to the government to enforce. “My job as a doctor is to help couples and women achieve pregnancy. And if the women are healthy, then why not?”

What do you think of Dr Pantos’ treatment protocol? Would you be interested in ‘reversing’ your menopause to have a baby? We would love to know your opinion on this controversial new technology at mystory@ivfbabble.com

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