Immunologic Info and (last) Treatment

I had my last intralipid infusion last Thursday! This topic has been weighing heavily on my heart to share with you all.

I feel that this is a common problem that is overlooked by a majority of RE’s who just don’t understand or know the latest research available. If you have unexplained infertility, endometriosis, history of chemical pregnancies or failed IUI/IVF cycles- please read these articles and advocate for yourselves. Ask your RE for immunologic testing or get a second opinion! The articles and webinar listed link to my RE’s page. I’m not saying to use my RE (although he IS amazing and I would totally recommend him) but he’s always available to do skype consultations no matter where you live. He’s one of the guys leading this amazing research and is very knowledgeable! It’s worth looking into!
Here’s a quick version of what his nurse said to me about NK cells when I found out they came back abnormal..
“Your Natural Killer cells did come back as abnormal. Allow me to explain what this means and what we are going to do to counteract these.
Natural Killer cells are a normal part of everyone’s immune system. They are what patrol our bodies trying to keep foreign things out of our bodies. Some people have Natural Killer cells that are a little more aggressive. In normal life, this is usually a good thing. Maybe they don’t get sick as often, or if a bad cold is going around it won’t hit them as hard. Natural Killers don’t realize there is a difference between embryos and germs though. They just see something is foreign and doesn’t belong and end up trying to keep the embryo from implanting inside the uterus. Dr. Sher has found that doing an Intralipids Infusion can help to calm these aggressive Natural Killer cells down to allow embryos a chance to implant inside the uterus. There would be an infusion prior to starting the monitoring process. After the embryo transfer if you are confirmed pregnant, there would be a second infusion done.
There are no side effects to the Intralipids Infusion as long as you are not allergic to egg or soy.”

Now go watch this webinar, read these articles and get informed!!!

Immunologic Causes of Infertility and IVF Failure Webinar

Autoimmune Implantation Dysfunction Article

IVIG & Intralipid Therapy in IVF: Interpreting Natural Killer Cell Activity for Diagnosis and Treatment Article

It’s Vegas, Baby?

We’ve been married over 5 years and trying to conceive just as long. (I can say the “It’s not you, it’s me” line to my husband if you know what I mean). We’ve tried everything we can and now we have committed to taking the next step with IVF! It’s an exciting and trying time but we are looking forward to it. Here’s a brief summary.

The things we’ve tried:

  • An OB’s recommendation to “Think like a teenage mom. They never seem to have a problem getting knocked up.”
  • A family practice physician’s recommendation to “Stop stressing and have sex every night.”
  • 4 rounds of Clomid.
  • 3 rounds of Letrozole.
  • 4 IUIs including 2 all injectable Follistim IUIs

After the hormone induced tomato throwing, laughing so hard I’m crying, hot flashing fury, the time has come. We will be in Las Vegas 2/23-3/8 and hopefully what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas!