Monday, 25 January 2016

IVF hope for older women as fertility doctors apply to change ‘batteries’ in eggs

Britain could become the first country to licence a groundbreaking new IVF technique which rejuvenates older eggs by replacing their 'batteries'

Older women could have a greater chance of becoming mothers after scientists developed a new technique that replaces the ‘batteries’ in their eggs, to make them young again, boosting fertility.

The draft standard said women under the age of 40 who have not conceived after two year of trying or 12 cycles of artificial insemination should be offered three full cycles of IVF on the NHS Photo: ALAMY

British IVF doctors have applied to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) for permission to conduct a pilot trial on 20 women which could get going next year.

Unlike men, who continue to produce fresh sperm throughout their lives, women are born with all their eggs, which grow older each year, making it ever harder for a woman to conceive.

The technique, called Augment, has been developed by US fertility lab OvaScience, but has yet to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, so Britain could be the first country to trial the breakthrough treatment.

But it has divided fertility experts, with some thinking it sounds too good to be true.

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