Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) in Chicago, IL

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Reproductive Medicine Institute (RMI) is now offering Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP. PRP is well-established in its use for facial rejuvenation, hair restoration, and muscle strain injuries. Recently, PRP has been used in conjunction with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and FET. This experimental treatment can be used to address recurrent implantation failure, endometrium development, as well as egg quantity and quality.

What Is PRP?

PRP helps to address low ovarian function and poor uterine lining by relying on the body’s own natural resources – platelets, which are found in blood. These platelets contain a growth factor that can help to stimulate uterine healing and growth as well as improve follicle count.

Recurrent Implantation Failure:

PRP may be used to improve the endometrial receptivity of the uterine lining prior to an embryo transfer.

Endometrium Development:

If the infusions are intended for lining development (usually for someone with a history of failing to develop an adequate uterine lining and recurrent pregnancy loss) the uterine wash may be preformed in a series for procedures.

Egg Quantity and Quality:

PRP may be used to encourage an improvement in egg quality, ovarian rejuvenation, and response to stimulation medications.

The PRP Process:

The process for PRP involves a blood draw of the patient. Once the blood is drawn, it is spun down in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the red and white blood cells. Using ultrasound guidance, the plasma is injected directly into the ovaries.

Prior to PRP, RMI will determine if you are a good candidate. Your provider will order a series of blood tests, conduct an ultrasound, and review your full medical history. Once initial testing is done, you will work with your clinical team to determine when the right time in your cycle is for treatment.

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Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Overview:

  • A nurse will provide you with your procedure details, pre procedure instructions, date, and time.
  • First, you will come to the office to have your blood drawn in Suite #200 (Oak Brook Location).
  • The blood is then centrifuged (put in a machine that spins very quickly causing the different components of blood to separate) for about 5 minutes.
  • The plasma (now rich in platelets and devoid of cellular components) is then prepared into syringes.
  • This is an in-office procedure performed by your physician. The procedure usually takes 10 minutes.
  • You will not require anesthesia, but your nurse may suggest you take an over-the-counter pain reliever 30 minutes before your visit.
  • A nurse will bring you into the room and discuss the infusion details and have you sign a consent form.
  • The physician will insert a speculum into the vagina to bring the cervix into view. The cervix is cleaned with an antiseptic solution and a tenaculum may be applied to the cervix to stabilize it.
  • A catheter that is a thin, flexible straw-like instrument that is gently inserted into the uterus and the plasma is then injected into the uterus.
  • You will be able to leave after the procedure is completed and will be given post procedure information.

State-of-the-art Care

At Reproductive Medicine Institute, we strive to provide state-of-art care. If you have struggled in the past with infertility treatments, PRP may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn if PRP may be the right option for you.

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