Procedure May Delay Menopause for 20 Years: Here’s What the Experts Think
A new medical procedure designed to delay menopause for up to 20 years is now being offered by the in vitro fertilization (IVF) firm ProFam in the United Kingdom.
The procedure — which costs about £7,000 to £11,000 ($8,500 to $13,300) — involves removing and then freezing a small portion of ovarian tissue, which can later be thawed out and reimplanted to delay the onset of menopause.
The procedure itself isn’t novel, as it’s successfully been used for years to preserve the fertility of young women with cancer.
However, this is the first time it’s been used to potentially delay menopause.
“As women, for the first time in human history, are living so much longer in the post-fertile phase, they may be suffering much longer,” Professor Simon Fishel, the CEO of ProFam and founder of the CARE Fertility Group, told Healthline.
It’s too early to know how effective the surgery is, but the doctors behind it hope by administering the experimental procedure now, they can, hopefully, one day routinely be able to delay menopause.
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