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Reprod Biomed Online. 2015 Aug;31(2):132-3. doi: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2015.05.010. Epub 2015 May 22.

Forever young? The ethical challenges of using ovarian tissue transplants to treat menopause.

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1
Yale School of Medicine, Yale Fertility Center and Yale Center for Bioethics, New Haven, CT, USA. Electronic address: pasquale.patrizio@yale.edu.
2
NYU Langone Medical Center, Division of Medical Ethics, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

Life expectancy statistics predict that in a couple of decades women will enjoy a mean life of 90 years. Assuming a median age for the onset of menopause of 51, women will spend about 40 years in menopause. Harvesting and freezing ovarian cortical tissue at a younger age to permit future transplantation for postponing menopause and its sequelae could become a possible option. However, both medical and ethical issues need to be addressed before this can be offered as a treatment for menopause.

KEYWORDS:

ethics; menopause; ovarian transplants

PMID:
26099441
DOI:
10.1016/j.rbmo.2015.05.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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