Reproductive Immunology

A decision to go ahead with assisted conception for any couple is a difficult one, made harder by the psychological stress that inevitably accompanies it and the financial outlay involved. A failed IVF cycle or an early miscarriage can be particularly distressing. Without giving patients false hope, we believe we can offer patients with a history of recurrent IVF failure or miscarriage a better chance of success by studying the role of their immune system in pregnancy. This is also known as reproductive immunology.

What Is Reproductive Immunology?

Reproductive immunology is the theory that a fetus is rejected by the body due to immune cells in the body. It is thought that natural killer cells, which help to keep the body from developing cancer, can over-populate the uterus or exist at excessive levels within the blood stream. These cells then go overboard, attacking the embryo or interfering with the endocrine system that produces the hormones that are essential for pregnancy.

There is currently much ongoing debate going on in the scientific community about the role of the immune system in promoting or preventing a  healthy pregnancy. The late Dr Alan E. Beer is widely credited to be a pioneer in the field of reproductive immunology. He believed it is not simply due to bad luck that some women fail to conceive or have repeated miscarriage.

At The Fertility & Gynaecology Academy we have the experience to minimise recurrent miscarriage and IVF failure by investigating the immune system and offering immune therapy tailored to your individual situation.

For an in-depth look at reproductive immunology, we would recommend Is Your Body Baby Friendly?: Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriage and IVF Failure, Explained, by Dr Alan E. Beer

Recommended Reading

There is presently much debate going on in the scientific community about the role of the immune system in pregnancy. As there are no large scale controlled studies that offer indisputable scientific evidence to confirm the reproductive immunology approach, many organisations do not recommend it. It is therefore important to also take on board the following views:

If you have any further questions, our embryologists and physicians will be happy to assist. Simply call the clinic on 020 7224 1880 during office hours.


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Reproductive Immunology

A decision to go ahead with assisted conception for any couple is a difficult one, made harder by the psychological stress that inevitably accompanies it and the financial outlay involved. A failed IVF cycle or an early miscarriage can be particularly distressing. Without giving patients false hope, we believe we can offer patients with a history of recurrent IVF failure or miscarriage a better chance of success by studying the role of their immune system in pregnancy. This is also known as reproductive immunology.

What Is Reproductive Immunology?

Reproductive immunology is the theory that a fetus is rejected by the body due to immune cells in the body. It is thought that natural killer cells, which help to keep the body from developing cancer, can over-populate the uterus or exist at excessive levels within the blood stream. These cells then go overboard, attacking the embryo or interfering with the endocrine system that produces the hormones that are essential for pregnancy.

There is currently much ongoing debate going on in the scientific community about the role of the immune system in promoting or preventing a  healthy pregnancy. The late Dr Alan E. Beer is widely credited to be a pioneer in the field of reproductive immunology. He believed it is not simply due to bad luck that some women fail to conceive or have repeated miscarriage.

At The Fertility & Gynaecology Academy we have the experience to minimise recurrent miscarriage and IVF failure by investigating the immune system and offering immune therapy tailored to your individual situation.

For an in-depth look at reproductive immunology, we would recommend Is Your Body Baby Friendly?: Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriage and IVF Failure, Explained, by Dr Alan E. Beer

Recommended Reading

There is presently much debate going on in the scientific community about the role of the immune system in pregnancy. As there are no large scale controlled studies that offer indisputable scientific evidence to confirm the reproductive immunology approach, many organisations do not recommend it. It is therefore important to also take on board the following views:

If you have any further questions, our embryologists and physicians will be happy to assist. Simply call the clinic on 020 7224 1880 during office hours.


Additional Information