Cryopreservation of ovarian tissue - a new way of dealing with infertility?

Australian scientists have successfully applied the frozen ovarian tissue in the treatment of infertility. The first patient is already pregnant. About 6 years ago a 38-year resident of Melbourne was diagnosed with breast cancer. Prior to the cancer treatment she had been removed a sample of ovarian tissue, which was subsequently frozen. Once the patient had successfully completed a course of cancer treatment, the tissue was transplanted back, and it turned out that her ovaries were still able to function – the natural ovulation occurred. Scientists believe that this method will help to preserve fertility for those women, who are to face the treatment that could adversely affect their ability to become mothers in the future.

Australian old women began to give birth more actively

According to the Australian Institute of Health, the age of the oldest woman in Australia, who gave birth to a child, is 60 years. She was one of about five dozen women, who labored in 2010 after the menopause had begun. Most of the pregnancies are due to in vitro fertilization procedure. It is reported that over the past decade the number of women, giving birth after the age of 45, has doubled. I must say that in this respect, Australia is not unique.

For example, in the UK the number of births among those who are "over 40", has increased by 15% over the past five years. Just yesterday I commented on the news that the 60-year old woman from Serbia became mother with the help of IVF.

The most auspicious day for conception

Administrators of one of the largest online - shops of intimate products have published interesting statistics, based on scientific studies. The study of maternity homes records has revealed an interesting pattern: most of children come into the world on September the 16th. Taking into account the fact that the classic length of pregnancy is 40 weeks, they were all conceived on December the 11th.

Besides, the authors claim that in December, people have the highest number of sexual contacts in comparison with other winter months.

Age limit for IVF

Serbian media reported that a 60-year-old resident of the country became pregnant through IVF. The newspaper claims that under Serbian laws, the woman couldn’t undergo a procedure of in vitro fertilization in the country, so the procedure was carried out in Czech Republic. The age limit for IVF for women over 49 years was introduced by the Czechs this year in April, but our heroine managed to use the services of Czech fertility specialists just before the ban entry.

I have already expressed my opinion on the introduction of the age limit for IVF - I strongly welcome these legislative initiatives.

British young mothers become older

British Information Centre of Health and Human Services has published the statistics of births in the country over the past 5 years. It was found that the number of women, who decided to give birth after 40, had increased by 15%.

Besides, the number of mature women who got pregnant as a result of IVF has also increased, which is quite understandable. Some has been treating infertility by traditional methods and hoping for a natural birth for a long time, some was preoccupied with their career, or just wanted to live "for themselves." I think it isn’t a secret that with age, the chances to natural conception reduce sharply. But the risks not only for the mother but also for the fetus increase, and it doesn’t depend on the way of conception.