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PRP for Male Infertility

Published: 10/14/2020
PRP for Male Infertility

When someone is infertile, they are unable to play their biological role in creating a baby. Infertility can affect both men and women, and it impacts the lives of patients affected by it.

Platelet-Rich Plasma injections may be able to help men with infertility. See how, including some research that’s been done on it.

What is PRP?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentration of platelets prepared from a patient’s blood. The activated platelets in PRP release growth factors that can help to treat issues like osteoporotic fractures.

Recently, PRP has been used to help with female infertility, such as helping menopausal women achieve pregnancy. The regenerative effects of PRP may also be able to help the testicles produce sperm.

PRP and Spermatogenesis

Spermatogenesis is the creation of sperm. When injected into the testicles, PRP may be able to encourage spermatogenesis. The protocol may be effective in up to 60% of cases1.

PRP has also been studied for treating conditions that impair spermatogenesis, such as non-obstructive azoospermia.

Some of the recorded effects of a study involving testicle PRP injections showed a rise in FSH levels and better spermatogenesis. While its use in treating non-obstructive azoospermia is still questionable, the study suggests that PRP may have use in addressing male infertility2.

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  2. Rami Al-Nasser, Zakwan Khrait, and Samer Jamali, “The Effectiveness of Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) in the Therapy of Infertile Men with Non-Abstractive Azoospermia,” HSOA Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Gynaecology & Obstetrics 3, no. 1 (2018): 100011, accessed September 30, 2020, doi: 10.24966/RMGO-2574/100011.