Everything science knows about our ovaries could be wrong. According to The Cut, a new study conducted by Evelyn Telfer at the University of Edinburgh has found that ovaries actually might be able to produce new eggs.

Scientists have believed for quite some time that a woman's ovary has "a fixed population of eggs and that no new eggs form throughout life," Telfer said in an interview with The Guardian. But the new study, which started as an attempt to figure out why chemotherapy drug ABVD doesn't cause fertility problems like most others do, found that cancer patients who had used the drug had a higher density of eggs than is usually found in a normal fertile woman. This suggests that the ovaries had created new eggs.


The research looks promising, but hasn't been confirmed yet. Telfer would warn fertility clinics not to offer treatments based on it before the science is totally understood.

“There’s so much we don’t know about the ovary,” she said. “We have to be very cautious about jumping to clinical applications.”

Sources: The Cut