26 Oct Can the youth of your eggs be prolonged?
By Reproclinic Editorial Committee
Due to different factors –lifestyle, socioeconomic status, the search of a steady couple, professional development– each day we delay more and more our reproductive project. As years pass by, the eggs lose quality and it gets harder to get pregnant. But, can the youth of your eggs be prolonged?
Infertility is becoming a more and more recurrent problem, due to different factors that affect this situation directly. One of the most important factors is the woman’s age.
There’s no medication or treatment able to demonstrate it can prolong the youth of the eggs. However, there are lifestyle habits that contribute to maintain their health.
Add to your diet
Antioxidant-rich food contributes to reduce cellular oxidative stress. We can find it, most of all, in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Omega-3 fatty acids play a main role in multiple cellular processes and their consumption has been related with a better probability of getting pregnant. We can found them on blue fish (tuna, mackerel, salmon) and also in seaweeds and nuts.
The Scientific community has been investigating for years in order to obtain the elixir of eternal woman fertility. The objective of these studies is not letting a 70 year-old woman be a mother, but to give women with early ovarian failure that chance, besides avoiding the consequences of menopause on women’s bodies.
Such is the case of a study developed by experts of the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Harvard Medical School of Boston (United States). This investigation has the objective of producing the first mature egg created with human ovarian tissue.
Another way is being explored by Jonathan Tilly and his team from Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology of the Massachusetts General Hospital. What they want to reveal is whether women are really born with a limited quantity of eggs or not. They believe that, existing stem cells, women should be able to produce fertile eggs without an expiration day.
This investigation, that clearly confronts a theory that’s been treated as a matter of fact for over 60 years, has been tested on sterile female rats. The conclusion was that, after being treated with chemotherapy, they were able to produce oocytes after a marrow transplant.
Doctor Kazuhiro Kawamura is such an institution on the investigation of egg functioning. Along with his team, they were the first experts to make a young woman with menopause have a biological child of her own. This achievement was the result of a project where, through an in vitro treatment and the activation of ovarian tissue, they succeeded at madurating the eggs.
Medical Director at Reproclinic
Specialist in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine