Doctors Say Women Could Delay Menopause Indefinitely With Ovary Transplant

| by Michael Allen

This week at a conference of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Istanbul, Turkey, doctors revealed a surgical technique which removes pieces of ovary, store it for decades and then replace it with delicate surgery, could effectively put a woman's menopause "on ice."

According to the Daily Telegraph, this  surgery would give career women peace of mind, so they can find a partner, settle down and become financially secure before starting a family.

By delaying menopause, women could also avoid the increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease, but may raise the risk of breast and womb cancer.

Dr. Sherman Silber, who has been involved in transplants for 11 women at St Luke’s Hospital in St Louis, Missouri said: "A woman born today has a 50 per cent chance of living to 100. That means they are going to be spending half of their lives post-menopause. But you could have grafts removed as a young woman and then have the first replaced as you approach menopausal age. You could then put a slice back every decade. Some women might want to go through the menopause, but others might not.”

Tim Hillard, a gynecologist and trustee of the British Menopause Society, added: "You would have to balance it very carefully, the higher risks of breast and womb cancer that go with having oestrogen circulating for longer against the increased risk of heart disease, oesteoporosis and maybe dementia that go with the menopause."