As far-fetched as it may sound—it’s still very experimental, and long-term effects, if any, are undetermined—“doctors have figured out a way to delay menopause by up to 20 years by surgically removing a portion of a woman’s ovaries, cryogenically freezing it, and then reimplanting it when the woman reaches perimenopause,” says Rochelle Weitzner, CEO of Pause Well Aging, a menopause-centric skin-care company. The reimplanted tissue resets hormones to where they were at the time of the original harvest (similar to when you revert a computer document to a previous version), thereby delaying the onset of menopause—the procedure has been used since the late ’90s to preserve fertility in women undergoing chemotherapy.
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“While it sounds exciting, to achieve the two-decade delay, women would have to undergo the procedure in their 20s, and may not be prepared to make that decision then,” Weitzner adds. “It’s definitely interesting technology, and who knows, maybe one day we will be able to delay menopause forever.”
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