But the researchers at SU have developed a technique that they believe can boost women's ability to produce healthy, mature eggs.
"Using a process called in vitro activation (IVA), the scientists take an ovary, or piece of ovarian tissue, and treat it outside the body with proteins and other factors that normally prompt immature follicles to mature into eggs. The recharged tissue is then reimplanted into the women's ovaries."
While it's not an overwhelming success just yet, doctors are optimistic that this stimulation of follicles that failed to develop properly will help women who previously had to rely on egg donors to get pregnant. It may also be a solution for those who have egg loss due to chemotherapy.
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