Not much has changed in fertility technologies since the first “test tube” baby. That is until a researcher at Harvard recently discovered what are called egg precursor cells on the outer edges of the ovaries.
Based on this discovery, a new treatment called Augment was developed whereby the mitochondria in these young, healthy egg precursor cells is inserted into older eggs. This technique actually improves the egg quality, which leads to greater success with IVF.
And that’s just the beginning. Other technologies on the horizon could eliminate the need for hormones all together in the IVF process.
Since many LGBT intended parents are starting their families later in life, such possibilities for increasing fertility are particularly interesting.
Find out more in our interview with Dr. Michelle Dipp, the CEO of OvaScience.