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Should Women Freeze Ovarian Tissue to Have Babies Later in Life?
When headlines read declarations like, “Scientists can halt menopause with ovary transplants,” you have to raise an eyebrow. A doctor at an infertility clinic has indeed performed “ovary transplants” on a small number of infertile women who have gone on to healthy pregnancies and births. Though this sounds futuristic, it’s certainly possible (it uses a piece of ovarian tissue, not the whole organ), and not so surprising as his other suggestion: That the procedure might help women avoid menopause altogether. Before you ask your doctor to toss a piece of your ovary in the freezer, know that there are many caveats, and it’s not likely to be used when women simply want babies later in life.