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Irish girls having parts of ovaries frozen to boost future chances of conceiving

Young Irish girls having parts of their ovaries frozen to boost future chances of conceiving

14.9.2019

Young Irish girls having parts of their ovaries frozen to boost future chances of conceiving

It is now possible for doctors to freeze an entire piece of ovary - from children as young as a few months old

While adults can freeze mature eggs and sperm, it is now possible for doctors to freeze an entire piece of ovary - from children as young as a few months old - with all the eggs in it and replant it in adulthood.

She said: “We offer it patients who are at what we term high or very high risk of losing their fertility.

“We’re using this technology for children where we’re basically trying to store their immature eggs so at a future time they have a chance of having their own children.”

“That may be they will actually go through the menopause before they go through puberty and they won’t have any of their own eggs for having their own families.

“It’s keyhole surgery. It can be carried out from birth, the youngest patient we have is three months old. Most of the children are quite young.”

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