Can stem cells aid in helping a couple conceive a child? The short answer is yes, they can. We recently posted an article that told you about the first child born using only some skin cells from the parents. This shows that science is making great strides in genetic research and developing new techniques to cure and heal the human body. One of these techniques is to help solve problems with infertility by the use of stem cells.
What is a stem cell?
In laymen’s terms a stem cell is sort of a blank cell. It can become anything in the human body. By using these stem cells and manipulating them to become a desired cell scientists and doctors can use them to heal the body.
Using stem cells for women’s fertility
Stem cells are used to treat infertility in women by treating the ovaries with them in conditions like diminished ovarian reserve. By using stem cells the ovaries basically become younger and healthier again and so are able to produce more eggs, as well as more viable eggs.
This in turn greatly increases the prospective couple’s odds of conceiving a child that is genetically their own rather than using a donor egg. This is good news for couples that want a child but have not wanted to use donor eggs.
Is using stem cells for fertility legal in the US?
Actually, a lot of celebrities that are in their forties and going through IVF may end up using donor eggs. Using fertility medicines when going through the IVF process or other fertility techniques can help to a degree, but many are having babies 45 years old and up with donor eggs and surrogates.
Yes, researchers do not use stem cells from embryos, so there are no biopolitical roadblocks to this fertility procedure. So expectant couples are forming lines outside the walls of Cornell Weil, Columbia University and New York University fertility clinics.