PRP OVARIAN REJUVENATION IS $1600 AT FERTILITY PARTNERSHIP WITH ANESTHESIA
Reproductive medicine has, until recently, assumed that there are a finite number of eggs in a women’s ovaries. Two decades ago, ovarian stem cells, cells that can, in theory, become eggs, were found to exist in the ovary of women throughout their menstruating life, and beyond, changing what we know about human reproduction. It has been shown that we can take women’s own blood and blood cells from a vein, centrifuge and treat it and extract a portion of it called “Platelet-Rich Plasma”, nicknamed PRP. That concentrated portion of your blood, PRP, contains various chemical factors that can stimulate those ovarian stem cells that may cause more good or viable eggs to be available. For women who are not yet or ever comfortable using donor eggs, this ovarian stimulation may offer a chance to get the eggs needed for their baby. This process is called “PRP treatment for IVF”.
The PRP therapy process involves collecting your blood, processing it, and extracting the protein-rich plasma, then performing a PRP injection directly into the ovarian tissue. This ovarian PRP therapy is usually very uncomfortable and so we perform it under light sedation and some local anesthesia. Although there are many protocols and no consensus (as this treatment is new and not yet mainstream), it makes the most sense to do this 3 months before the intended cycle. Some programs recommend multiple treatments as their protocol. At Fertility Partnership, we perform the treatment and monitor your blood and ultrasound antral follicle counts-AFC every 2 weeks, if possible, and will repeat the protocol based on those results. Once we see changes in hormones and/or follicles we will plan your cycle.
It has also been shown in clinical studies that PRP injections with a catheter into the uterus can thicken the thin endometrium. It is believed that those factors that stimulate eggs in the ovary, and in the uterus, stimulate the cells that make the endometrium. For women who have struggled to get their lining thick enough for a transfer, this may be an answer for them.
PRP treatment for in vitro fertilization (IVF), or ovarian rejuvenation, is very low risk to the patient. PRP has been injected into humans for many reasons. it has been used for everything from nerve regeneration to planters fasciitis. The blood products are the patient’s own and infection is rare. We cover you with oral antibiotics to be safe. Pain felt by the patient is variable. Some women can have PRP therapy done without any help, but we believe that some lidocaine to the vaginal wall and some sedation make it very tolerable.
In Summary, PRP injection is safe. Low ovarian reserve (low egg reserve) should not be a reason to think ovarian rejuvenation therapy isn’t right for you. For a woman who is potentially looking at having to give up on her own ovarian reserve, we believe that this PRP treatment offers hope for a good result. Preliminary studies and anecdotal reports support the safety and the likelihood that future studies will show a clear benefit. However, in the meantime, there are women who need hope now, and so, Fertility Partnership has joined those already offering this PRP treatment in our usual fertility clinic style: keep it as inexpensive as possible without lowering success.
For information on ovarian rejuvenation therapy or other fertility treatment, call the fertility center and ask for the PRP Coordinator- Erica Voegtlin. Tel. 636-441-7770 or email Erica at Evoegtlin@fertilitypartnership.com