Much as we may like it to, our fertility will not last forever.
We need to get more serious -- and more realistic -- about our fertility, says Dr. Sherman Silber, who just performed the world's first ovary transplant. He says women in their 20s ought to consider removing one-third of their ovary and banking it for reimplantation later when they're ready to reproduce.
Fertility experts are on the fence, urging caution and saying that more research needs to be done before women start doing this in droves.
One-third of an ovary would mean around 60,000 eggs could be captured in the tissue, which could then be transplanted back when the woman is older, says Dr. Silber.
Removing slivers of ovarian tissue leaves the rest of the ovary intact, so women can still try to conceive naturally if they want to.
If you can afford it, why wouldn't you try this?
The current method of egg freezing is all fine and good, except that it's much more expensive and invasive than this method and Dr. Silber.
"A woman could freeze her ovary at age 19 and have a 19-year-old ovary aged 40," he said. "We are in the middle of a fertility epidemic across the developed world and the reason is our society is changing. People are not trying to have children or are not even thinking about getting married until they are 35."
The idea of eliminating the biological clock is tantalizingly within reach. Women could be on equal footing with men and fewer women would marry men who were only so-so just to get started on the baby making.
Where can I sign my sister up? She is, after all, 24, which is the prime age to try this. Personally, I have seen so many women who want babies desperately wait too long.
I am no scientist, but it seems to me that the answer isn't in trying to fix the problem once it's a problem, but in eliminating the problem from the beginning.
Naturally more cautious researchers stress that this is a very new procedure and not to get too excited or start signing up for the surgery today, but still, any advances in fertility that may help eliminate the biological clock seem positive to me.
What do you think of this idea?
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