3D Printer Produces Functioning Ovaries

Family awaiting a baby

The intricate potential that 3D printing has on their field of medicine continues to evolve and many scientists believe that the possibilities are endless. A recent landmark study has taken 3D printing to a whole new level.

The study was conducted by a team of scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering. Their intention was to begin exploring possible fertility solutions that could ultimately be used to restore female cancer victims’ ability to conceive if they become sterile as a result of chemotherapy or radiation. The experiment was conducted on female mice and began by removing an ovary from each of them. The scientists used a 3D printer to create bioprosthetic ovaries to replace those who had been previously removed. The man-made ovaries are printed scaffolds that house immature eggs[1] and the Read more

Treatments for infertility

Not so long ago, we saw in our post Infertility, the biggest fear of many couples, that this medical problem can have very different origins.

As a result, we must find out what causes the infertility problem in order to decide which treatment is best suited in each case.

The "tools" that medical professionals have at their disposal to combat infertility are the following: Education and medical advice (it is perhaps the most important tool of all). As we saw in the previous article, infertility is a major concern for couples of childbearing age. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to have as much information as possible as well as the guidance from a specialist. Specific treatments such as: Intrauterine insemination: assisted reproduction treatment through which previously selected sperm are placed inside the uterine cavity of women. IVF: in this case, the union of egg and sperm takes place in a laboratory. 24 hours Read more