Woman's ovaries 'reawakened'

A woman has given birth to a baby after having her ovaries "reactivated" through a new technique developed in Stanford University in the US and St Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan.

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Baby born after pioneering ovary reactivation

A woman suffering from a condition called primary ovary insufficiency has given birth to a healthy baby after taking part in a pioneering study and clinical trial.

The baby born using the IVA technique, developed by researchers at Stanford University. Credit: Kazuhiro Kawamura

Using a technique called IVA ("in vitro activation") researchers removed the woman's ovaries, treated them outside the body, and re-implanted them near her fallopian tubes. The woman was then treated with hormones to stimulate the ovary follicles in which eggs develop.

Although the method was developed specifically for women suffering from primary ovary insufficiency, the researchers at Stanford University plan to investigative whether the technique can be used to treat other types of infertility.

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