Taking Charge of Your Health

– Okay, two things that are
inevitable, death and taxes. Women will say well menopause,
that may be unavoidable as well but scientists in Greece have actually discovered a way they say to revive the
reproductive system. You know what they call this? Ovarian Rejuvenation. It’s a very unique concept, we
actually have Dr. Scott Sills here, an OBGYN who’s also
a fertility specialist. So, we’ve made a lot of
advances in medicine, but I certainly never
expected to be able to say, take a woman who is 60 years
of age, gone through menopause, and say “We’re going
to reverse course here and you can have babies again.” – It all centers on a procedure
called Platelet Rich Plasma. And what happens is, if you
think about when you were a kid and you scuffed your knee
up and as the tissue heals, there’s this straw-colored fluid that comes to the surface of the skin. Well, in that material is
white blood cells, platelets, growth factors, and you can
fractionate those growth factors and use that to help promote growth of other cells all over the body. And it has been used in burn patients, bone grafts, cardiovascular surgery. But, as you said, now,
attention is focused on using that to make the
ovary kind of perk-up and grow what it was unable to
provide after menopause which are those vital eggs.
– Can I ask you a question, is it growing– you’re growing new eggs? or is it–
– This is the critical point, because the quality of the eggs that are being created by this will still be captive to the age of the patient. – Right – And the age of the female is the single biggest factor that
impacts reproductive outcome. – Where are you injecting the PRP? – Directly into the ovary;
and there’s at least two different ways that that’s been proposed. One is by laparoscopy,
and then another way is like we do for IVF, actually a trans-vaginal ultrasound injection. – You know I’m a big believer in PRP, but, this is sort of a
kick-start to the engine, right? But if the engine is just
flat, it may not work. So what I’m guessing is that
may not work for everybody. – I think that’s true. Certainly the fact that it’s self-tissue, there’s no foreign substances,
there’s no synthetic component to it, so the risk of allergy or infectious diseases would be essentially zero for this treatment. – I especially like what you said about women go through pre-mature menopause, and maybe they haven’t
had the opportunity yet to have children; I think for
them this is exciting research. – It is exciting because
there are people whose drivers license says that they’re 29 but their ovaries are acting 59. And that’s a very big
struggle for those patients. – One of the things that
I’ve noticed with all the women I’ve worked with is when they start early menopause,
or they’re in menopause it really impacts your self-esteem. Women tell me all the
time they don’t feel like a woman anymore; it doesn’t matter what they look like on the outside. And so I feel like there’s
emotional hope also with what you’re saying
– I think you made the point I mean what’s so magical about PRP, it’s that when you separate it from the other parts of the blood that you have these very strong, powerful growth factors that can stimulate
certain parts of the body. – And you highlighted something
that’s really important, anyone out there thinking
about PRP therapy for anything we still have such a long way to go in terms of what it can be used for, there are a lot of sham
treatments still out there, but this is certainly
very exciting research, Dr. Sills, thanks so much for explaining this to us, we really appreciate it.

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