Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
As a woman ages, the quality and quantity of healthy eggs decrease. Ovarian rejuvenation is a fertility treatment that can increase the amount of healthy eggs that your ovaries produce. The process works by injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) directly into your ovaries to stimulate your existing stem cells to produce better quality eggs. PRP mimics your body’s natural immune response to injury to help repair the damage done to your ovaries from aging.
Who should consider ovarian rejuvenation?
If you have been trying to conceive for more than 6 months without success, have had several miscarriages, or have had a failed IVF cycle you may want to consider ovarian rejuvenation or PRP therapy.
You may also want to consider ovarian rejuvenation therapy if your physician recommended using donor eggs during an in vitro fertilization cycle and your personal or religious beliefs prevent you from doing so. PRP therapy may give you the option of using your own eggs in an IVF cycle.
Other ideal candidates include women with premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), early peri-menopause, and/or low ovarian reserve (AMH levels).
A 2020 study published in Reproductive Sciences has shown that "PRP injections into the ovaries are safe, productive, and a natural treatment that may help women with premature ovarian insufficiency to give birth to their own child." Read the study.
The Ovarian Rejuvenation Treatment Process
A Blood Sample is Provided
During your initial visit, you will have your blood drawn. The blood collected will be used later to stimulate the growth of new and existing eggs and help restore hormonal balance.
Separating the PRP
The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelet-rich plasma from the red blood cells. Because the PRP was derived from your own blood there is no risk of incompatibility with your ovaries.
Preparing the PRP
Once separated, the PRP is then tested in our state-of-the-art laboratory to purify and prepare it for injection into your ovaries.
Injecting the PRP
Now that the PRP has been purified it is injected into the ovaries in a minimally invasive procedure. Once completed your physician will closely monitor the growth of your follicles and an IVF procedure is scheduled.