New Procedure May Allow for Delayed Menopause

For women, the fixed timing of menopause, the finality of menopause on fertility, and the major effects on our bodies, skin, hair and health have made it a much feared and misunderstood life event.   There are more than 30 symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes, irregular periods, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. Imagine if there was a procedure that could delay it another 5, 10, or even 20 years. A recent study suggests there’s a possibility you can do just that. The procedure involves removing a portion of the patient’s ovaries when a woman is younger and re-implanting the same tissue as menopausal age approaches. The younger, more active tissue will help reestablish the presence of reproductive hormones, such as progesterone and estrogen, and will help keep your menstrual periods going in a consistent, cyclic nature—along with the health benefits that go along with them. 

Without menopause dominating thirty to forty years of your life, scientists predict there will be numerous health benefits. Menopause is a natural part of aging but the hormonal changes are known to increase the risk of several degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, and issues with memory. These problems arise due to low estrogen levels. In osteoporosis, a condition where the body has a weak bone density, estrogen binds to receptors on the bone, and keep various integral genes active. These genes are ultimately responsible for bone formation and enhancing calcium absorption, which maintains bone strength. In relation to cardiovascular diseases, estrogen is known to have a positive effect on the interior lining of the artery wall, which keeps the blood vessels flexible. The increased elastic capacity of the blood vessels will allow it to carry more blood. Estrogen most obviously has various impacts on reproductive health, but it’s impact on other systems of the body is exactly why it’s so important to have stable levels of the hormone, which is what the procedure aims for. 


Since the procedure is a novel finding, there hasn’t been conclusive evidence of the long term advantages and risk. There is no way to know for sure how effective the procedure is until we have more women try the procedure and note its effects over a long-term period. In the meantime, what can be done is to focus on the natural ways women can balance their reproductive hormones, such as engaging in exercise, having a healthy diet with sufficient protein, grains, and healthy fats, learning how to deal with stress, and getting a good night’s sleep consistently. Do what works best for you on a day to day basis to stay healthy, and you’ll notice the positive impact it can have on your body. 


Maybe in a decade, the concept of “menopause”  will be something women experience in their 60s, 70s, or even 80s!



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