Wednesday, October 05, 2022

The PRP scam for ovarian rejuvenation

I'm always amazed by how creative infertility specialists are in coming up with new treatment options to treat infertile couples,. For example, the latest racket which has been going on for quite a few years, is to advise women with a poor ovarian reserve and even women with ovarian failure to do what is called ovarian rejuvenation treatment by injecting ovarian stem cells ( in the guise of PRP, or platelet rich plasma ) into the ovary . The dream and hope ( and false promise) is that these stem cells will magically start creating eggs ! After all, aren't stem cells "magical cells" ? Which are the heart of regenerative medicine ? And which are the source of all the body's cells ? Yes, but just injecting these into the ovary will not magically cause them to start producing eggs.

The problem, of course, is that the ICMR actually bans stem cell therapy for clinical treatments because they know that it's useless. The clever way these infertility specialists get around that ban is by not calling it ovarian stem cells , but by calling it PRP. Now, this is clever , because PRP is not banned and in fact, PRP is useful for certain medical problems - for example , for treating men with balding.

Hence, you inject it inside the hair follicles so it causes hair follicles to grow. Orthopedic surgeons inject these into shoulder joints and knee joints, because these plasma-enriched platelets are supposed to contain stem cells and growth factors .

But once infertility specialists have found a new tool - especially for desperate patients with poor ovarian reserve for whom we don't have any treatment , they start injecting this PRP left , right and center, into any place they can. This a great way of making money , because it's such a simple treatment. And who cares if it does not work as long as the doctor makes money !

In fact, not only do they inject it in the ovary , they also inject it in the endometrium, as a treatment for a thin uterine lining, claiming it will help the endometrium to grow! This is also a lie !

I wish they would stop doing this because giving false hope to patients whom you can't help is actually the cruelest thing to do. This is why patients need to invest in information therapy to make sure doctors do not take them for a ride.

This medical journal article confirms that this is a scam which does not work.

Sadly, the truth is not going to stop greed doctors from taking patients for a ride !

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