Menopause for thought: now there’s an op to delay ‘the change’

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Menopause for thought: now there’s an op to delay ‘the change’

A revolutionary procedure could save women from the debilitating symptoms, but not everyone agrees it's good news

Victoria Lambert

News that the menopause could soon be a condition of the past, thanks to a groundbreaking technique called hormonal restoration, has received mixed responses from the medical and menopausal communities.

Pioneered by a team led by British in vitro fertilisation expert Simon Fishel of the CARE fertility group, the process involves the harvesting of a tiny sliver of healthy ovarian tissue from a young woman. This is then frozen at -150°C and can be stored cryogenically safely for decades before being replanted under the same woman’s skin when symptoms of the menopause first start to appear. At this point, Fishel and his colleagues have found, the ovarian tissue tricks the body into maintaining a natural level of hormones without fluctuation.

Each sliver can be effective for up to 20 years but the process can itself be repeated indefinitely...

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