Putting a pause on menopause

Date:7 August 2019 Author: Sam Spiller Tags:, , , , , , , ,

A new 30 minute procedure is postponing menopause for up to 20 years!

A new medical procedure is helping woman push the pause button on the effects of age. The new surgical procedure can combat the side-effects of menopause, like sleeping problems, reduced sex drive, and hot flushes.

The process involves removing a small portion of ovarian tissue and freezing it at  -150ºC. This tissue remains frozen until the patient starts experiencing the effects of time and age (which could be 20 years after the initial procedure). Once menopause is reached, the tissue is grafted back into the patient where it kickstarts their natural hormones.

Provided the ovarian tissue survives the freezing and subsequent thawing process, it should restore declining sex hormones and so, delay the onset of menopause. The amount of time delayed depends on when the initial surgery took place. Tissue taken from a 25-year-old woman can postpone an onset for 20 years, whilst ovarian tissue taken from a 40-year-old woman can delay symptoms for about five years.

ProFam, a UK based company, is offering this surgery to woman up to the age of 40 years. It’s Keyhole surgery that is relatively painless and can be completed in 30 minutes. Cost’s for this procedure are between R125,000 and R197,000. Nine woman in total, between the age of 22 and 36, have been under the knife this year already.

While this may sound like a revolutionary procedure, it’s not as new as it seems. A surgery similar to this is conducted on woman who receive treatment for cancer. Doctors remove a small portion of the ovary tissue and freeze it. When the patient has completed their cancer treatment and wants to have children, the tissue is grafted next to their fallopian tubes.

Co-founder of ProFam, Professor Simon Fishel, notes that women are living longer than ever before, and has suggested that this surgery is providing an opportunity for empowerment, as it allows women to take control of their bodies and futures.

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