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Medical News and Perspectives
July 6, 2005

Woman Gives Birth After Ovary Transplant

JAMA. 2005;294(1):33. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.33

The June 6 delivery of a seemingly healthy baby girl to a previously sterile 24-year-old woman who had received an ovary transplant from her identical twin offers new hope for young women who face fertility-damaging treatment for cancer.

The case provides evidence that ovarian function can be restored after transplantation, leading to natural conception and successful pregnancy. While transplantation between monozygotic twins is likely to be rare, the report may have implications for women who choose to cryopreserve their ovaries prior to cancer treatment to provide the option of an autologous transplant and conception after the treatments are over, according to the study’s authors.

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