Getting diagnosed with infertility causes most women lose hope for a natural conception and turn to IVF. The probability of a positive result, in this case, is 30% on average. However, this number can be increased. In some cases, women even can give birth by themselves due to an innovative method in the field of human reproduction which is PRP therapy.
PRP Therapy Is an Innovative Ovarian Rejuvenation
PRP-therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a modern method of stimulating the work of the ovaries. It is carried out by inserting into the ovaries plasma prepared from the patient’s blood. The injection contains platelets and white blood cells that contain growth factors. They help to start the formation of new eggs in the ovaries while restoring the menstrual cycle and returning the woman the ability to conceive.
The advantage of PRP-therapy is that it is considered not only the most advanced but also the safest way for treating infertility. The woman’s body is not affected by pills but by her own resources. With this method, the probability of transferring disease to the patient’s body or causing allergic reactions is much lower. Most importantly, it gives the patient an opportunity to get her own healthy egg.
The Essence of the Procedure
PRP therapy involves several stages. The doctor takes blood from a vein and puts it in a centrifuge, where it is divided into platelets, lymphocytes, and red blood cells. Then the prepared plasma is injected into the ovaries. The uniqueness of this process is that injection into the ovaries is not a surgical procedure. The whole process takes place under mild anesthesia and with the use of transvaginal ultrasound. The procedure lasts about 2 hours.
How Is the Ovarian PRP Regeneration Procedure Performed?
Women, who are not during their periods can perform this procedure at any time. Women, who are during their periods, must perform the procedure during the menstrual period or at the beginning of the cycle, closer to the development of an egg follicle.
In order to monitor if the procedure has regenerated new eggs in your ovaries, AMH, FSH, LH, and Estradiol levels are measured at monthly intervals in women who do not menstruate, and during the menstrual flow in menstruating women for a period of six months. If the AMH levels rise, while the FSH, LH, and estradiol levels become lower, there is objective evidence of ovarian rejuvenation is demonstrated.
Even if ovarian rejuvenation is observed, pregnancy may not necessarily occur, since there may be other factors that could interfere with natural conception.
For Whom PRP Therapy Is Suitable
PRP therapy can restore reproductive function and improve IVF results or lead to natural pregnancy. American experts also report an increase in genital sensitivity after PRP therapy, which leads to a more enjoyable sexual experience. PRP therapy is recommended for the following types of patients:
- Infertile women with low egg quality and low levels of the hormone AMH
- Women with premature ovarian failure
- Women under the age of 50 with symptoms of the menopause
- Women with vaginal atrophy or vaginal relaxation
- In some cases, urinary incontinence
- Women with chronic endometritis
- Those who have complications after an abortion
- Women who have failed IVF attempts
How to Prepare for PRP Therapy
You need to go through an ultrasound and vagina examinations. Pass a general blood test, blood for the hormones FSH, estradiol, and AMH. You will also need to pass infection tests, a cardiogram, and a doctor’s conclusion. A light dinner is recommended the day before the procedure and after midnight you can’t eat anything or even drink water.
Restoring ovarian function takes time and it is individual for each patient. Results usually appear within 3-4 months, sometimes six months. A month after the procedure, you need to give blood for analysis of the hormones FSH and E2. According to their results, it will be possible to assess the effectiveness of PRP therapy.