Menopause is something that most women dread. It seems to be a milestone that they reach in which they feel they have finally gone over the hill and become old. There is no specific age in which this happens to each woman but for the most part the process usually begins right at around the age of 40 to 45. There are also some women who may experience menopause as early as 35 due to some kind of hormonal issue or as a result of an illness such as cancer. Early menopause has left a lot of women wishing that there were something that could be done to reverse the process, thereby extending the amount of fertile years they have. Fortunately, today there may be something that can do just that and that is called menopause reversal. Doctors have been looking into different treatments and therapies to help a woman who is going through or who has gone through menopause reverse the process and begin to ovulate again.
What Is Menopause?
When a woman reaches what is often called a change in life, she stops ovulating and a number of other hormonal changes take effect. This happens naturally in most cases as a part of the aging process. Once the body stops ovulating, this sets off a chain of other events. Firstly, with the absence of ovulation comes the absence of the possibility to become pregnant. As ovulation ceases so does the production of a hormone called progesterone which is essential in counteracting the effects of estrogen, another female hormone that is released in the body. A woman does not stop producing estrogen when she reaches menopause. Because there is no progesterone present after menopause the estrogen is able to reach excessive levels and can lead to a number of undesirable effects such as weight gain, water retention, osteoporosis, hot flashes and many more.
How Can This Be Reversed?
Menopause reversal is still in its experimental stages and is still a mystery to many doctors. However, there has been success in the limited number of women who have had the procedure done. Basically, during the procedure, ovarian tissue that has been obtained by the patient and frozen from an earlier point in time is transplanted. Once this tissue is grafted into place it begins to produce the female hormones that were naturally produced prior to menopause. This in turn works to completely reverse menopause and cause a woman to begin ovulating again. It will also help to eliminate any of the other undesirable effects that have been brought on by the over production of estrogen.
Who Is Ideal for This Procedure?
This procedure is most recommended to women who for some reason or another have gone through early menopause. Perhaps they have gone through their menopause too early due to illness or just because of something genetic. In any case, a woman who would like to extend the number of years she is able to get pregnant will be an ideal candidate for menopause reversal. At this time the procedure is not recommended for older women as they will not have enough eggs present, making the procedure a waste of money for them in terms of fertility. For women who are older there are some hormone replacement therapies that may prove more beneficial. More research will be conducted over the next decade so that this procedure may become possible for older women as well.
What Are the Advantages of Menopause Reversal?
Other than the sheer joy of being able to experience youth and put a temporary halt to the process of aging, women who have this procedure will also be able to benefit from a variety of other desirable effects that having menopause reversal can offer. The most common reason for women to have this procedure is so that they can become pregnant and have a child where they otherwise would not have been able to. Some of the added perks involve slowing down other things such as bone loss and other undesirable aging effects that can occur after menopause.
Are There Risks?
There is no such thing as a medical procedure that does not come with some kind of risk attached to it. This procedure is no different. So far menopause reversal has only proved effective in women who have used their own ovarian tissue. There seems to be a risk of the body rejecting donor tissue and for this reason a woman who wanted to have the procedure using a donor would be forced to take some sort of medications that would help her body to accept the foreign tissue. Medications that are often used in transplant patients. These medications are notorious for a number of different side effects. There is also always a standard risk of infection with any kind of surgical procedure.
If this is something you are interested in learning more about, the best thing for you to do is speak to your doctor about it. Keep in mind that menopause reversal is very new and there may not be many doctors who are experienced or even educated on it. You can perform a Google search to find a list of doctors who provide this service. You may also want to be sure that the procedure is approved in whatever country you live in as well.
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