Questioning the Limits of Human Fertility

When it comes to creations of various kinds, nothing is as generous, as fertile and as persistent as nature. If you want to picture nature’s fertility, think of the acacia and the linden trees in spring and early summer.

In a very similar way, our female bodies, minds and souls are full of creative potential even before we are born. All women are creators by nature. Our biological bodies directly contribute to nature’s creativity.

Creativity is not restricted only to biology. We carry not only more than enough egg cells to bear and raise new lives for as long as we live, but also a limitless well of ideas. If we start to really think about it, we can hardly cope with the scope of the number of all eggs that live in our ovaries and the ideas that come to our minds.

How Much Do We Know About the Miracle of Human Conception

The meeting of the egg and the sperm cell is one of the greatest miracles in the whole universe. When the fertilization and conception take place, miniature pieces of living material are driven by an innate, self-propellant force that takes them to the final formation – growth of a human being.

Watching this creation as it takes place can only be compared to the beauty of a solar eclipse or a volcanic eruption. Yet, because it happens on a micro level, which is also a very intimate and a very personal experience, we are not able to see this beauty in full, unless we use cameras. (Un)fortunately, there is no live transmission of this show. And, probably, that is for the best and how things should be.

When we are 5-month fetuses in our mother’s womb, we have 6 to 7 million eggs. At birth, that potential is down to one to two million. In puberty, we reach to 400 thousand eggs, and when we live to get to 36 years old, the number drops down to around 35,000. Despite the dramatic decrease, this number is still huge. We have tens of thousands of more eggs than we can even bring to life.

Breaking the Fertility Standstill with Revolutionary Research

We don’t give enough credit to the nature and its power of regeneration. It was always thought that we are unable to produce additional eggs to the already inborn capacity. This definite number of eggs was thought to be the end of our fertility potential.

The theory of limited fertility is at the core of all clinical research undertaken in the area in the last fifty years.

In 2004, this univocal approach has been broken by a controversial research example. Dr. Jonathan Tilly, associated with academic giants such as Harvard, Stanford and Rutgers universities, set a new way of thinking. He astonished the world by stating that no one has ever tried to count the natural loss of egg cells which occurs as a result of ovulation or overall cell mortality. When he tried to estimate this loss, he discovered that the number of the actual remaining cells does not match the hypothetical number calculated according to the existing theories. He assumed that this number must somehow regenerate.

Photo credit: Foter.com

Photo credit: Foter.com

The research included stem cells of female mice. The respective discovery pointed out to newly produced egg cells when the stem cells were placed in the mice ovaries. A similar attempt was later made with Japanese women who wanted to make a sex change. Under the influence of a specific protein which is a product of these cells, only stem cells give the aforementioned results when placed next to ovarian tissue. The final products were oocytes – precursors of ovarian egg cells.

Is it possible to think that we can manage to extract ovarian tissue from the female body and produce new eggs out of it? Without raising hopes too high, it is worth thinking that this optimistic idea will give some hope to trespass the currently set limits on human fertility, especially for people that are facing fertility challenges.

We carry a huge power of creation. If we learn to channel this potential, we will strengthen our skills for any type of creation, regardless of whether it is an idea or a baby. And, as far as we may be with limited powers for baby creation, we are always able to do something with our creative ideas.

Photo Credit: Luke Peterson Photography / Foter / CC BY

 

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