Recently, I came across a very interesting and revolutionary company named Ovascience. Ovascience’s slogan is “Transforming Fertility” and with its breakthrough research in four different areas for curing Infertility (one involves using a patient’s own stem cells), it just might become a formidable leader in the world of I.V.F.
Who exactly is Ovascience? They are a global fertility company specializing in offering alternative fertility treatments to women not commonly employed nor commonly found in traditional RE clinics. Why not? Because Ovascience treatments are currently not offered in the United States. You know how slow our FDA can be in getting cutting edge international companies to offer their services here in the U.S., and treatments offered for years in Europe, for instance, take a decade or longer for the FDA to finally approve their use. However, if traveling internationally doesn’t deter you or you’re one of my international readers, Ovascience’s programs are offered in Canada, Spain, Japan and other countries around the globe. As they state “Each OvaScience treatment is based on the Company’s proprietary technology platform that leverages the breakthrough discovery of egg precursor (EggPCSM) cells – immature egg cells found inside the protective ovarian lining.” These are the body’s own stem cells which would help the body finally produce the healthy embryos we so covet. Mind you, this technology has been in the works for several years now, most notably by a clinical study performed by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2009. However, if Ovascience is able to finally succeed with this method, countless upon countless of woman facing infertility could finally overcome their battles.
Now, let’s start with their yet to be offered program:
The OvaTure Treatment
The OvaTureSM Treatment “(currently in preclinical development), is a potential next-generation IVF treatment that could help a woman produce healthy, young, fertilizable eggs without hormone injections”. Now, I see that it’s still in the developmental phase but let’s explore what this means.
Differences between The OvaTure Treatment and a Traditional IVF
OvaTure assists woman to produce healthy and fertilizable eggs without having to use any kind of hormonal therapy, the main component of an IVF. Just as I’ve outlined in the past, a traditional IVF involves utilizing hormones in order to produce a higher number of eggs to be released at one time (thereby putting both ovaries into production during that IVF cycle). Whereas, in our natural state, only one ovary will release an egg on a monthly basis.
The main hormones which are used to achieve this process are Gonadotrophins used as follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinising hormone (LH). Once this quantity of eggs are produced within the woman’s body, they are then removed during a short surgical procedure and the rest of the IVF steps take place in the hopes of finally producing a viable embryo to which to transfer back to the patient.
Having endured several IVF treatments of my own, the hormones injected into the body can be pretty rough and these hormones can have severe side effects for women in the form of headaches, restlessness, irritability, and even hot flashes. In the worst case scenario (especially for those suffering from PCOS), it can also lead to ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome, a very dangerous medical condition.
In the Ovature treatment, however, there is no need to undergo hormonal stimulation. From what I’ve gathered, the production of these healthy, young eggs would come with the introduction of the Ovature Treatment to immature egg stem cells located inside the woman’s lining. Now, if the patient would have to undergo a minor surgical procedure in order to harvest these cells or if the treatment somehow occurs within the woman’s body, I don’t know. I do know though that this procedure would greatly benefit women who don’t produce enough eggs in a traditional IVF, with compromised egg issues, and those who can’t undergo hormonal stimulation (such as those who have been diagnosed with cancer).
We will keep you posted…