PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets prepared from fresh whole blood using a centrifuge process. PRP contains growth factors and many other components. It has been around for many years used in cosmetics Cardiac surgery and orthopaedics. When injected in certain areas in the body it stimulates re-growth of the cells hence the potential use in Fertility and IVF. Although PRP has been around for many years it is very new to the field of IVF with potentials uses in women to thicken the resistant endometrium, to revitalise non function ovaries and testis in an attempt to revitalise egg and sperm production.
PRP Treatments at Bourn Hall
Endometrial PRP: We can offer PRP applications for patients with chronic endometritis, patients with recurrent implantation and IVF failures as well as patients who cannot obtain a desired level of endometrial thickness for a successful embryo transfer. The procedure works by infusing the uterine with PRP to thicken the endometrium. The procedure is similar to an IUI. The endometrial PRP application is administered 2 to 4 days prior to embryo transfer as the cellular activity reach their optimal levels within this time frame.
Ovarian PRP: PRP application in ovarian soft tissue aims at cellular growth and proliferation in the ovaries. While the clinical evidence is still in its preliminary stages and the ovarian PRP application is still a very new practice, the existing evidence points to incredible outcomes in patients even in menopausal stages. In an attempt to revitalize the egg production from the ovaries each ovary is injected with a few mls of PRP under IV sedation. It is a 10 min procedure similar to egg collection but in reverse.