What to expect from your immune fertility testing and treatment with us
This information is provided to help you on your fertility journey with us but is not a substitute for medical advice.
During your first appointment, our Doctor will want to understand you and your partner’s medical and fertility history. It is therefore important that you bring copies of any relevant medical records and test results with you. It is also helpful if both partners can attend. For telephone consultations, we would be grateful if you could forward copies of relevant medical records to us in good time before the consultation.
The majority of our patients have a complex medical and fertility history (often having had failed fertility treatment elsewhere and/or Recurrent Miscarriage). Our initial advice at the first consultation may well be confined to our suggestions for further testing before we can advise you on the most appropriate treatment at a follow up consultation.
Results from some tests, for example HLA-DQ Alpha, may take up to 10 days. We prefer, where possible, for you to see the results in advance of your follow up consultation as it may help you to understand our advice. Copies of your results will be sent to your home address from the lab directly. When we have received all the results of initial testing, we aim to advise you on the most appropriate treatment at your follow up consultation. However, it is sometimes necessary to continue to adapt your treatment plan as treatment progresses. For example, if you are being treated with LIT, Humira or antibiotics in advance of your cycle, it will usually be advantageous to wait until the results of any subsequent retests are known before advising you on the most appropriate treatments to take during your cycle. Most of our patients will need further follow up consultations as their treatment and pregnancy progress.
We provide a full service of fertility treatments (IVF, ICSI, IUI, Timed intercourse etc) and gynaecology using the operating theatres and embryology facilities of our partner clinics. Most of our patients needing fertility treatment in combination with immune treatments choose to have both together at our Wimpole St clinic. For patients based elsewhere (or, for example, having treatment overseas), we have successfully worked alongside other clinics many times, providing immune support.
Most of our patients who need IVIg or Intralipid infusions attend our Wimpole St clinic where our Doctor performs the infusion and is on hand in the very unlikely event that a patient suffers an allergic reaction or other complications. For UK-based long distance patients, given adequate notice, a nursing agency will usually be able to administer infusions to patients at home. However, we recommend at least the first infusion to be given in our clinic in case of any problems.
We have established a very successful LIT program for years. We do Partner, Donor and Pooled Donor LIT procedures according to the couple’s DQa and the patient’s response to previous LIT.
We are happy to see UK and international patients initially by self-referral, although we may, with your consent, need to correspond with your GP and other doctors. To obtain an initial appointment, please call our receptionist. We try to keep our waiting list to a minimum.
We keep various medications in stock at Wimpole St, but, in the event that you need to fill a private prescription from our clinic elsewhere, there are several pharmacies in the local area.
Many of our UK patients travel long distances to see us and we have many patients from overseas. We have experience working with single ladies, couples using egg or sperm donation or surrogacy and are happy to work with same sex couples.
Many of our patients have benefited from the support of other patients on the chat forum websites: fertilityfriends.co.uk, fertilityzone.co.uk, health.groups.yahoo.com (Yahoo Immunology Support Group), mumsnet.com, pregnancyzone.co.uk, babycentre.co.uk, rollercoaster.ir, supermama.lt, familjeliv.se & many other websites in different countries.
The reproductive immunology book, “Is your body baby friendly?” by Alan Beer has been found helpful by many of our patients.