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"It shows we can stop the clock by freezing the ovaries," he said.
Women who want to delay having children might also be interested in the procedure although that could raise some ethical issues, he added.
Others thought an ovary transplant was much too invasive to become more widespread.
"To suggest that a healthy woman would have two operations (to remove and reimplant the ovary) for the sake of social convenience, to have children later, is ludicrous," said Allan Pacey, a fertility expert at the University of Sheffield, who was not linked to the research. "It's far easier to just freeze your eggs."
Still, Pacey said Bergholdt's case proved that ovary transplants were a viable way to preserve women's fertility and should reassure cancer patients they won't automatically be left sterile.
For Bergholdt, the transplant was a blessing.
"It was very hard to believe after everything I'd been through I could actually have children," she said. "Now that we know this technique works, it should be available to every woman who goes through cancer treatment."
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