New Study Claims Your Ovaries May Be Able To Grow New Eggs

October 12, 2016  |  

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A new study by the University Of Edinburgh has discovered that human ovaries may be able to grow more eggs in adulthood. If this notion proves to be true, it will discredit the theory that modern science has accepted as truth: women are born with only a set number of eggs and once they reach their mid-30s their eggs drastically decline before their bodies prepare for menopause.

According to Cosmopolitan, this study found that cancer patients who were given chemotherapy had a higher quantity of eggs in their ovaries than their peers who didn’t have cancer.

Professor Evelyn Telfer, who led the study told The Guardian: “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 that no new eggs form throughout life.”

Initially, the purpose of the study was to investigate why the chemotherapy drug ABVD doesn’t cause infertility in cancer patients, proving that scientists and doctors alike have not fully studied how the ovaries work in the human body. But Professor Telfer states we shouldn’t jump to conclusions just yet. “There’s so much we don’t know about the ovary. We have to be very cautious about jumping to clinical applications,” she said.

Professor Telfer also noted that despite the promises of this new research, fertility clinics should not make use of it just yet.

Kenny Rodriguez-Wallberg who works as a senior consultant at Karolinska University Hospital, shared with the Guardian his own thoughts on the matter: “I think that these findings, and the identification of the mechanisms involved, may pave the way for development of new fertility treatments or extend women’s reproductive span by replenishment of the ovaries with new follicles. It suggests that the ovary is indeed a more complex and versatile organ than we have been taught, or that we expected, with an inherent capacity of renewal.”

The new eggs produced from cancer patients who were given ABVD appeared to be similar to the eggs pre-pubescent girls carry and are not necessarily fully matured. The Guardian also revealed that during the study Professor Telfer and her team were uncertain as to whether the eggs could be fertilized.

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