Ovarian Rejuvenation Through Platelet-Rich Autologous Plasma (PRP)-a Chance to Have a Baby Without Donor Eggs, Improving the Life Quality of Women Suffering from Early Menopause Without Synthetic Hormonal Treatment

Reprod Sci. 2020 Nov;27(11):1975-1982. doi: 10.1007/s43032-020-00266-8. Epub 2020 Jul 22.


Due to the fact that modern American and European women postpone childbirth until later in life, they are more likely to face the problem of ovarian insufficiency by the time they are ready to have children. So, the ability to restore the ovarian function safely is crucially important. Our study involved 38 women 31-45 years of age with low ovarian reserves and at least two unsuccessful attempts to receive their oocytes through IVF. The blood from the patients was collected into two BD vacutainers for PRP preparation. The platelet concentration in the PRP was 1 × 106 μl. PRP injections into the ovaries were performed by a gynecologist with a special 25G needle, 20 cm in length, as an ultrasound-guided procedure or a laparoscopic-assisted approach. After PRP treatment, women were tested with several criteria for 12 months. We saw a significant improvement in hormone levels; six healthy babies were born, ten pregnancies were achieved, and four out of the ten were from natural conception. The 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. The difference and novelty with our method of ovarian rejuvenation is in obtaining a higher platelet concentration (about 1 × 106 μl), which allows us to achieve long-lasting results, within 12 months, after a single procedure. Additionally, for the first time, we proposed and successfully performed a laparoscopically assisted technique for administering PRP into the ovary.

Keywords: Anti-Müllerian hormone; Follicle-stimulating hormone; Low ovarian reserve; Luteinizing hormone; Platelet-rich autologous plasma.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Transfusion, Autologous / methods*
  • Female
  • Fertilization in Vitro
  • Humans
  • Menopause, Premature / physiology*
  • Menopause, Premature / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Ovarian Reserve
  • Ovary / drug effects*
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome*
  • Primary Ovarian Insufficiency / drug therapy*
  • Quality of Life
  • Rejuvenation*
  • Treatment Outcome