Fertility issues have been a growing problem, seemingly, for many women. But, there is new research that can change everything for women who want to be a mother. From the University of Edinburg, a small study discovered the ovary might be able to develop new eggs, according to the Guardian, so the woman’s biological clock may have run out of time.
Up until now, it was believed that women have a certain number of eggs, and then that’s about it. During their middle age, the egg numbers decline and then menopause sets in. However, this new research, involving cancer patients, discovered that the young women who were taking a chemotherapy drug had a greater number of eggs in their ovaries than women of the same age, did not have cancer, and were otherwise, healthy.
Exciting News of the Woman’s Biological Clock
ABVD is the chemotherapy drug in question. The study was supposed to analyze ovarian biopsies to understand why this particular cancer drug didn’t cause the fertility issues most frequently associated with other chemo meds. Professor Evelyn Tessler was shocked by the striking findings.
Tessler said, “this was something remarkable and completely unexpected for us. The tissue appeared to have formed new eggs. The dogma is that the human ovary has a fixed population of eggs. And furthermore, no new eggs develop throughout life.”
Of course, while it may seem like it’s exciting news, and it could very well be, the ABVD drug will have to be researched further before it can be offered to others. Many consider it to be hugely controversial, still at this point.
One thing that’s for sure is that the study confirmed ovaries are very complicated. No longer can they accept that it is simple and cannot be renewed to some capacity. This is encouraging news for women who want to get pregnant later on in life. It’s equally exciting for those that have experienced fertility issues.