Well, this is certainly something. Scientists out of Cambridge, Massachusetts say they may have found a technique that could turn back your biological clock and allow you to have children easily into your 40s…or even 50s! Game changer indeed.
As biology dictates, it becomes increasingly difficult for women to have a baby past the age of 35. This can be especially stressful in a career-driven society that has seen women having having children later in life. But thanks to a biotech company called OvaScience, the commonly felt stress to beat the clock may be eliminated in the near future.
In 2014, scientists learned that women aren’t in fact born with a finite amount of eggs after discovering what they call egg precursor cells (stem cells in the ovaries that later become fertile eggs) in mice. Through that discovery, OvaScience has created a treatment called OvaPrime that removes women’s egg precursor cells and places them in a different part of the ovary where they can mature into healthy cells.
Because stem cells are the youngest cells in the body, women’s biological changes do not damage or mutate them like their already matured eggs. Once the egg precursor cells become healthy eggs, doctors can then remove them and use in vitro fertilization at a much higher success rate. (IVF on it’s own with already matured eggs yields only a 20-35% success rate due to their lower quality).
This means that you could have the ability to produce healthy eggs right up until menopause. Pretty crazy, right?
Sure, some people feel that having children in your late 40s and early 50s is a bit too old. But its fantastic to know that women may soon have the freedom to choose when they want to be a mom at their own life’s pace.