Researchers have had some success in a new process that helps to stimulate the ovaries to help produces mature, healthy 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. Among the 27 women who volunteered in the small study, five were able to produce viable eggs, one is pregnant, and another gave birth to a healthy baby.
The process, which the scientists described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is meant to “awaken” the follicles that failed to develop properly.