Scientists have announced they can now reverse the menopause in what is thought to be a major scientific breakthrough.
Trials claim to have "rejuvenated" women's ovaries using a blood
treatment normally used to help wounds heal faster, and have reversed
menstrual cessation in multiple women, including a 40-year-old who
underwent the menopause five years ago.
The research, undertaken
by scientists in Athens, has been presented at the European Society of
Human Reproduction and Embryology's annual meeting in Finland, 'The New
The scientists used platelet-rich plasma
(PRP), which triggers the growth of tissue and blood vessels and is
thought to quicken the repair of damaged bones and muscles by stimulated
They injected PRP into the ovaries of
women who had already undergone the menopause and say they found it
restarted their menstrual cycles, causing them to experience periods
From these "restarted" periods, the researchers have been
able to collect and fertilise eggs which the women have released,
raising the possibility that they could be implanted in their uterus and
the women could subsequently have children. However, the team have yet
to implant any eggs to test the theory.
One woman who responded
well to the treatment was 40-years-old and had undergone the menopause
five years previously. Researcher Konstantinos Sfakianoudis told 'The
New Scientist': "It offers a window of hope that menopausal women will
be able to get pregnant using their own genetic material. It seems to
work in about two-thirds of cases. We see changes in biochemical
patterns, a restoration of menses, and egg recruitment and
He added: "We need larger studies before we can know for sure how effective the treatment is."
The menopause typically occurs naturally in women between 45 and 55
years of age when their periods start to become less frequent over a few
months, before stopping altogether. The process can often be
accompanied by a number of symptoms including hot flushes, difficulty in
sleeping and vaginal dryness, as well as low mood and anxiety.
Menopause can occur at a much earlier age for many women, often
triggered by chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatments. the independent