A team of Greek scientists claims that they have developed a technique that will enable menopausal women to release eggs and re-start their periods effectively reversing menopause. The revolutionary treatment involves injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to the ovaries of menopausal women.
The PRP is a concentrated mix of substances in the blood that may stimulate tissue regeneration. Dr. Konstantinos Sfakianoudis and a team of doctors at the Greek fertility clinic Genesis Athens found that PRP seemingly rejuvenates older ovaries.
In his interview with the New Scientists, Dr. Sfakianoudis said that they were able to restart the menstrual cycle of a patient whose menopause had established five years ago.
“Six months after the team injected PRP into her ovaries, she experienced her first period since menopause,” Dr. Sfakianoudis told THE DAILY MAIL UK.
The team has already collected three eggs from the patient. Two of these eggs have been successfully fertilized using her husband’s sperm. The doctors plan to implant one of the eggs into her womb once they are able to fertilize three.
The treatment has also been used in helping women become pregnant. The PRP was injected in the uteruses of six women who had multiple miscarriages as well as failed IV attempts. Three of them became pregnant through IVF.
“[The treatment] offers a window of hope that menopausal women will be able to get pregnant using their own genetic material,” Dr. Sfakianoudis added.
What are the Symptoms of Menopause?
Mayo Clinic defines menopause as occurring 12 months following your menstrual period and marks the end of menstrual cycles. It usually happens when a woman is in her 40’s or 50’s.
Although it signals the end of fertility, menopausal women can still stay healthy, sexual and vital.
Here are some of the common symptoms of menopause:
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Irregular periods
- Night Sweats
- Mood changes
- Sleep problems
- Thinning hair and dry skin
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism
- Loss of breast fullness