Ovarian Transplants Could Extend Fertility, Postpone Menopause

Monday, July 09, 2012

New York Medicaid wants women to have access to IUDs immediately after delivering a baby, to help with long-term family planning. (mr. toaster/flickr)

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 10 percent of women in the United States have difficulty getting or staying pregnant. That number would likely be much higher, if not for revolutionary medical technology developed over the past decades. In the 1950s, Nobel Prize-winning biologist Robert G. Edwards began his groundbreaking research on in vitro fertilization, or IVF, a procedure that has since transformed pregnancy.

New research has the potential to take the pregnancy revolution one step further. Doctors have discovered that ovarian transplants can maintain a woman's fertility well into her fifties, effectively manipulating the biological clock to postpone menopause.

Dr. Sherman Silber is the surgeon who pioneered this research. He specializes in fertility at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Lori Gruen discusses the potential ethical concerns surrounding this new procedure. She is a professor of philosophy and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies at Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut.

Guests:

Lori Gruen and Dr. Sherman Silber

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

John A.

Best case for having children when one's ovaries (or sperm) are still young, 20 to 30: Parents that are young with the children, and not facing end-of life issues, or dead, when their children are still at home.

Jul. 09 2012 03:37 PM

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