双语阅读|妇女冷冻部份卵巢,有望延缓更年期

Freezing Part of a Woman's Ovaries Could Delay Menopause for Years

发布日期:2019-09-13

A medical procedure that has been used to freeze a woman's ovaries is being offered for the first time as a way to delay menopause.

妇女冷冻卵巢的一项医疗程序,首次被用作延缓更年期的方式之一。

This procedure, called "ovarian tissue cryopreservation,"isn't something new. It was developed back in the late 90s and is commonly performed to preserve the ovaries of girls and young women undergoing tissue-damaging cancer treatment. Doctors take out parts of the ovaries and freeze them before such patients undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment. In the future, if these patients want to have children, doctors reimplant the ovarian tissue in the body.

这项「卵巢组织冷冻保存」疗程并非首创。其发展可追溯至1990年代晚期,该疗程普遍用于保存正在接受「组织破坏性」癌症治疗的少女及年轻女性的卵巢。医师在这些病患接受化疗和放射治疗前,取出部分卵巢并冷冻。将来她们若想怀胎生子,医师就会将冷冻保存的卵巢组织再植入她们体内。

But now, the UK-based company, ProFam, is offering the same procedure for women up to the age of 40 who just want to delay menopause─the time when levels of reproductive hormones fall, and a woman stops getting her menstrual period.

而现在,英国ProFam公司正在为想要延缓更年期的40岁以下妇女提供相同疗程;40岁正值生殖荷尔蒙下降、妇女停经的时期。