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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-30

Platelet-rich plasma improves embryo implantation in women with repeated implantation failures: A quasi-experiment

1 Department of IVF, Parsian Hospital, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, AJA University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 School of Medicine, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Date of Submission03-Mar-2021
Date of Acceptance17-Sep-2021
Date of Web Publication17-Dec-2021

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Dr. Parvin Zareian
Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, AJA University of Medical Sciences, Etemadzadeh Street, Western Fatemi Street, Tehran.
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DOI: 10.4103/tofj.tofj_2_21

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Background: Various methods have been used for the treatment and management of repeated implantation failures (RIFs). One approach that has recently been considered for the treatment of RIF is intrauterine infusion of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Objective: In the present study, the effect of intrauterine injection of PRP on pregnancy outcome was investigated in women with RIFs. Study Design: This study was performed on 17 patients with RIF history. The number of embryos (5-day blastocyst) transferred in each patient was 1 or 2. An aliquot of 12 mL of venous blood was taken from the patient. After two centrifugal stages, 0.5–1 mL of PRP was obtained. PRP was injected into the womb cavity. Results: The implantation and clinical pregnancy were confirmed in 35.3% (n = 6) of the patients. One patient had a miscarriage in the second month of pregnancy. Live birth rate was 29.4% (n = 5). Conclusion: This study showed the effectiveness of intrauterine infusion of PRP in patients with RIFs.

Keywords: Embryo implantation, platelet-rich plasma, repeated implantation failure

How to cite this article:
Zareian ZJ, Zareian P, Movahed E. Platelet-rich plasma improves embryo implantation in women with repeated implantation failures: A quasi-experiment. Onco Fertil J 2021;4:27-30

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Zareian ZJ, Zareian P, Movahed E. Platelet-rich plasma improves embryo implantation in women with repeated implantation failures: A quasi-experiment. Onco Fertil J [serial online] 2021 [cited 2023 Jan 27];4:27-30. Available from: https://www.tofjonline.org/text.asp?2021/4/1/27/332638

  Introduction Top

Repeated implantation failure (RIF) is the failure of the embryo to implant onto the side of the uterus wall following several in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment cycles. RIF is only applicable to patients undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART). According to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology consortium, RIF is defined as the absence of gestational sac on ultrasound at 5 weeks or more after embryo transfer (ET) following 3 ETs with high-quality embryos or after transfer of 10 or more embryos in multiple transfers.[1],[2] Numerous factors have an important role in implantation failure. These include mechanical, inflammatory, and systemic factors.[3] Mechanical factors include congenital uterine anomalies and acquired intra-cavitary conditions. Inflammatory factors include endometriosis, adenomyosis, and endometritis. Hypothyroidism, vitamin D deficiency, obesity, smoking, inflammatory bowel disease, and autoimmunity are among the systemic factors that influence the success rate of implantation.[3] Various methods have been used for the treatment and management of RIFs such as hysteroscopy,[4] endometrial stimulation,[5] immunotherapy,[6],[7],[8] growth hormone, aspirin and heparin treatment,[9],[10] infusion of intralipid solution,[11] endometrial scratching,[12] pre-implantation genetic screening,[13] blastocyte transfer,[14] zygote intrafallopian transfer,[15] salpingectomy,[16] and autologous endometrial cell co-culture.[17] Despite many studies regarding these therapies, the effects of these treatments have not yet been fully elucidated. One approach that has recently been considered for the treatment of RIF is intrauterine infusion of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is made from fresh whole blood, which has higher platelet concentrations than basal blood plasma. PRP contains several growth factors that are essential in the healing process.[18] Despite many studies on the therapeutic effects of PRP in various medical fields, there are limited reports in the field of gynecology.[19],[20],[21] In this study, we investigated the effect of intrauterine infusion of PRP on the pregnancy outcome in women with RIF.

  Patients and methods Top

This study was performed on 17 patients with RIF history (three or more failed IVF cycles) referred to the IVF department of Parsian Hospital, Tehran, Iran (February 2017 to April 2018). The age of patients was 26–49 years. The mean duration of infertility was 4–8 years. The number of embryos transferred in each patient was 1or 2. All patients had normal uterine cavity established by hysteroscopy and hysterosalpingography. Estradiol (Novonordifk Company, Denmark) was started at a dose of 4 mg orally and increased every 4 days as needed. The maximum dose of estradiol given was 10 mg. When the endometrial thickness was over 8.5 mm, progesterone (Iran Hormone Company; Iran) at a dose of 100 mg was started to protect the luteal phase. The blastocyte (5 days) was transferred on the 6th day of the onset of progesterone administration under ultrasound guidance. On the day before embryo transfer, 12 mL of venous blood from the patient was combined with 5 mL of anticoagulant (ACD-A). After two centrifugal stages, 0.5–1 mL of PRP was obtained. PRP was injected into the womb cavity by using an ET catheter. Luteal phase support was given; 14 days later, the beta test was done for the patients; if it was positive, hormone supplementation was continued until 12 weeks of gestation.

The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of AJA University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, and all patients gave informed consent before participation in the study.

  Results Top

A total of 17 patients with RIF history were recruited.

Patients characteristics are shown in [Table 1].
Table 1: Patients’ characteristics

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The implantation and clinical pregnancy were confirmed in 35.3% (n = 6) of the patients. One patient had a miscarriage in the second month of pregnancy. Live birth rate was 29.4% (n = 5).

  Discussion Top

Despite recent development in advanced reproductive (AR) technology, implantation failure is a significant challenge for struggling couples and physician. Currently, the implantation rate per embryo among RIFs is only about 15%[2],[22] for cleavage stage and 25.4 till 21.2% for blastocyte transfer.[14],[23] There are several factors involved in successful implantation, the most important of which is receptive endometrium. In the endometrial receptivity process, a number of genetic factors and molecules of certain substances, known as growth factors, and cytokinins regulate mitosis of endometrial cellular components in vitro.[24] Cytokines are important for the early stages of embryo implantation.[25] PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. When platelets are activated, they release growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines from platelet granules. These substances stimulate cell migration, cell proliferation, and angiogenesis, thus inducing tissue regeneration.[26]

Previous studies proved that PRP could be used for the management of various medical disorders.[27],[28] But with our current knowledge, there are few studies on the effect of PRP on pregnancy outcome in women with RIFs. Farimani et al.[19] reported efficacy of intrauterine PRP administration in successful implantation in a 45-year-old woman with RIF. In a similar case report, a 35-year-old woman with chronic endometritis underwent intrauterine PRP treatment. ET resulted in a twin pregnancy and birth.[20] Results of a pilot study performed on 22 patients (age 20–45 years) with a refractory thin endometrium showed that intrauterine injection of PRP resulted in increased uterine thickness. In that study, implantation rates and clinical pregnancy rates were 12.7% and 30%, respectively.[21] The present study examined the effect of intrauterine PRP infusion on implantation and pregnancy outcome in RIF patients. Implantation and clinical pregnancy occurred in 6 of the 17 patients studied and 5 out of 6 pregnant patients had normal pregnancies.

It seems that the effectiveness of PRP in increasing the chances of pregnancy depends on the method of PRP preparation. Weibrich et al.[29] reported when PRP is used with a platelet concentration of approximately 1,000,000/μL (503,000–1,729,000/μL) it exerts optimal biological effect. Higher concentrations might have a paradoxically inhibitory effect.

  Conclusion Top

This study showed the effectiveness of intrauterine infusion of PRP in women with RIFs. Further studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of PRP in the treatment of RIF.


We sincerely thank the staff of the Department of IVF, Parsian Hospital, especially Ms. Tabai, Ms Ghaffari, and Ms Jafari for their great help and support to do this study.

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There are no conflicts of interest.

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