If Ovarian Rejuvenation is successful, the patient may be able to get pregnant naturally, or with the help of other fertility treatments such as IUI or IVF. This innovative therapy is typically offered to older women – or – is recommended after multiple failed IVF cycles. IVF cycles fail when a woman’s eggs produced poor quality embryos. According to Dr. Melnick, Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy will not make a woman’s ovaries younger, but her remaining dormant egg follicles can be revived and fertilized successfully.
Side Effects of Ovarian Rejuvenation
Fortunately, Dr. Hugh Melnick has not reported any serious or complicated side effects for the patients he has treated with Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy. This innovative therapy gives some women the possibility to conceive a baby using her own eggs. The risks of this therapy are basically the same as those experienced by women undergoing an egg retrieval procedure during a fresh IVF cycle.
Ovarian Rejuvenation Benefits
Beneficial results – if any – will be realized within 2 to 24 weeks.
- Therapeutic effects last 5 to 7 months
- Periods will return to normal
- Symptoms of menopause will lessen
- Increase in sexual drive
- Improved sexual function
- Improved quality of eggs
Risks of Ovarian Rejuvenation
- There is no guarantee that a natural pregnancy will be achieved
- There is no guarantee that a pregnancy can be achieve through fertility treatment
- There is no guarantee as to the genetic health of a baby if conceived
Some women – approximately 20 percent experience:
- Mild discomfort in their lower abdomen
- Pressure in their ovaries
- Small amount of bleeding
These symptoms usually dissipate within 1 to 2 hours after the patient is administered an oral pain medication.
- Internal bleeding
- Internal infection
- Anesthetic complications with Propofol
Candidates for Ovarian Rejuvenation
- Women who want to conceive with their own eggs in lieu of egg donation
- Women who want to restore their hormonal balance and sexual drive naturally
- Women having a low egg reserve as reflected by a low Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) level
- Women who have failed multiple IVF treatments due to poor quality embryos
- Women diagnosed with unexplained infertility
- Women diagnosed with primary ovarian failure
- Women diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
- Women diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and suffering from infertility due to a low egg reserve
Ovarian Rejuvenation Procedure
Ovarian Rejuvenation is an outpatient procedure performed by injecting a woman’s Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) into her ovaries while she is under anesthesia. The PRP injection and punctures to the ovaries simultaneously stimulate growth of egg follicles. The ovaries are infused with proteins rich in growth factors and stem cell chemoattractants.
- The patient’s ovaries are evaluated via a transvaginal sonogram to make sure they are accessible for procedure
- The patient’s blood is drawn to prepare her PRP
- It takes about 20 minutes to produce PRP by spinning the blood in a centrifuge
- The patient is prepared for procedure with the anesthesia Propofol via IV
- The patient’s ovaries are injected with PRP to rejuvenate dormant follicles so as to yield viable eggs
- The patient will be able to return home within 1 hour to 1½ after the procedure
Post procedure, patients are monitored monthly to determine if the Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy was successful.
- Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) level
- FSH level
- LH level
- Estradiol level
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is used in other areas of medicine:
- Healing of athletic injuries
- Plastic surgery procedures
- Injection in vaginal area for women with low sex drive
Fertility Doctor Specializing in Ovarian Rejuvenation
Your initial consultation with the Doctor can be conducted via telephone, Skype or FaceTime.
To schedule your Ovarian Rejuvenation consultation with Dr. Melnick at Advanced Fertility Services call 212.369.8700 – or – click the icon below.