For women today, the decision to have children is one that can wait a little longer, thanks to a general societal shift聽in attitudes, as well as services like聽boutique fertility clinics聽for millennials. But for many others,聽infertility can take some of the decision-making power away from women. Even as celebs like Chrissy Teigen open up about their own difficulties conceiving, it remains an incredibly difficult and sensitive topic.

But just as聽options expand for those who can have kids, progress is being made for those who struggle with infertility as well. Recently, scientists at Northwestern University鈥檚 Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago reported that聽a mouse was able to give birth to healthy babies聽thanks to eggs generated in 3D-printed ovaries. Let that sink in for a sec.

The Northwestern scientists first聽removed the聽female mouse鈥檚 ovaries. They then replaced it with a聽鈥渟caffold鈥 of an ovary that they made聽with 3D technology. The 3D-printed ovaries were built with a聽form of gelatin, which is strong enough to survive a transplant but also porous enough to work with the mouse鈥檚 existing tissues, according to CBS News.聽The implanted ovary then ovulated, and the mouse was able to give birth to the babies that were conceived. Mind. Blown.

鈥淭hese bioprosthetic ovaries have long-term, durable function,鈥 researcher Teresa Woodruff told CBS, explaining that this technology could help restore fertility to women who have lost聽healthy ovary functions, perhaps due to cancer or cancer treatment where the loss of these functions can happen.

鈥淲e鈥檙e thinking big picture,鈥 co-researcher Monica Laronda said to CBS about their ambitions for the technology. 鈥淢eaning every stage of the girl鈥檚 life, so puberty through adulthood to a natural menopause.鈥

The application of this technology is in the early stages of experimentation and hasn鈥檛 been proven on human patients yet. Even while women鈥檚 reproductive rights 鈥 including IVF and other fertility treatments 鈥斅爎emain聽in jeopardy under President Trump鈥檚 administration,聽progress of this sort is as inspiring as it is mind-blowing.

Have you or someone you know struggled with infertility, and if so, what do you think of this technology? Let us know @BritandCo.

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