What is PRP?
PRP is a concentrated blood product that contains a high percentage of platelets (biomolecules with natural healing and regenerative properties). To understand more, let’s take a step back and look at blood as a whole. In general, whole blood is composed of 4 main components:
PRP is most often used from the person’s blood undergoing the PRP therapy but can be made from another individual’s blood.
PRP may be used to encourage an improvement in egg quality, ovarian rejuvenation, and response to stimulation medications.
PRP may be used to improve the endometrial receptivity of the uterine lining prior to an embryo transfer. This is typically done 48 hours prior to the anticipated embryo transfer. During the procedure, approximately 3-5 mls are infused in the uterus using an IUI catheter. The patient will rests for 10 mins and is subsequently discharged for normal daily activity. This procedure may be performed by an RN, NP, PA, OBGYN, or reproductive endocrinologist.
If the infusions are intended for lining development (usually for someone with a history of failing to develop an adequate uterine lining) the uterine wash may be performed in a series of procedures. The first PRP infusion would be done at the initial lining check and then repeated 72 hours later if the lining remains inadequate.