What is PRP for ovarian rejuvenation?
At our Virginia fertility center, we understand how upsetting it can be to learn that you do not have enough eggs to conceive naturally. This could be due to early menopause, advanced maternal age or a low ovarian reserve (egg supply). In the past, egg donation was the only way to experience the joys of pregnancy and parenthood, but we now have another option. It is PRP for ovarian rejuvenation.
Under normal circumstances, a woman’s ovaries cannot develop new eggs. In fact, she is born with all the eggs she will ever have. These eggs decrease in quality and quantity as she ages. However, research suggests that PRP (platelet rich plasma) may be able to help a woman produce more eggs. Additionally, this technique can also be applied to improve thin uterine lining (endometrium).
How PRP for ovarian rejuvenation works
At our Virginia fertility center, PRP for ovarian rejuvenation begins with a simple blood draw. The process continues as follows.
- Our technicians transport the blood to our in-house laboratory and separate it using the high-speed rotation of a centrifuge.
- After the blood has separated, our technicians extract the parts rich in white blood cells and platelets.
- Our technicians centrifuge the extracted blood again at a much higher speed to force the platelets to the bottom of the tube.
- We isolate the platelet-rich plasma and prepare for injection.
- Dr. Sharara then injects the PRP into the ovaries. In the case of uterine lining rejuvenation, he can insert the PRP into the uterus using a catheter.
The use of PRP for ovarian rejuvenation is inspired by the body’s own processes for healing injuries. The natural immune response to an injury is transporting platelets through the bloodstream to the injury site. The growth factors within the platelets help speed the healing process.
Enhancing reproductive health for women
Our Virginia fertility center provides solutions for every woman’s reproductive needs. PRP for ovarian and uterine lining rejuvenation may provide another family-building option if you have a low ovarian reserve due to age or other factors. To learn more about this procedure or to schedule an appointment, contact our office.