A previously infertile twenty-seven year old woman in Belgium recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy after a transplant of her own frozen ovarian tissue. At age thirteen, her ovary was frozen prior to undergoing chemotherapy and receiving a bone marrow transplant to treat her Sickle Cell Anemia.
This procedure is being hailed as a major breakthrough for fertility preservation of young cancer patients—and rightly so. Such a treatment allows for the likelihood of pregnancy without having to rely on in vitro fertilization or ethically suspect forms of assisted reproduction. At the CBC, we applaud this effort and encourage continued research in this space.