Immune treatment process

Here, we take a look at the practicalities of immune treatment.

Knowing what to expect from your immune testing and treatment with us can help to put your mind at ease.

Immune treatment process

Here, we take a look at the practicalities of immune treatment.

Knowing what to expect from your immune testing and treatment with us can help to put your mind at ease.

Many of our UK patients travel long distances to see us and we have many patients from overseas. We have experience working with single women, couples using egg or sperm donation or surrogacy and same sex couples.


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Everything you need to know

Below we have outlined useful information about reproductive immunology, including immune testing and the immune treatment process to help you feel more prepared.

During your first appointment, we will need to get an understanding of you and your partner’s medical and fertility history. As such:

If at all possible both partners should attend.
It is important that you bring copies of any relevant medical records and test results with you.
For telephone consultations, please 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 experienced 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 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. Most of our patients will need further follow-up consultations as their treatment and pregnancy progress.

Where Chicago immune blood tests are required, blood needs to arrive in Chicago promptly after being drawn, and during working hours. Accordingly, if you want to have blood drawn for these tests at the first appointment, the appointment needs to be scheduled for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday morning (any Bank Holidays in the UK or US or any flight disruptions need to be taken into account).

If necessary, UK long distance patients can often arrange to have blood drawn locally on Monday or Tuesday afternoon and sent back to us by Next Day Special Delivery before midday so that it can be couriered to Chicago within the necessary timescale. Other arrangements may be possible for international patients.

For all blood tests apart from tests for insulin resistance (glucose tolerance, fasting glucose etc), fasting is not required, but you are requested to avoid eating fatty foods shortly before the blood is drawn.

The timing of other tests may depend on your menstrual cycle but please check with us in advance by calling the clinic

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 an allergic reaction or other complications occur.

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 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 us on 020 7224 1880.

Please note: HFEA view on immune treatments. You can also find further information on the British Fertility Society website.

Please download our ‘Add-on Treatments Patient Information Leaflet’ below for evidence and associated risks.

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This information is provided to help you on your fertility journey with us but is not a substitute for medical advice.

Please call the clinic on 020 7224 1880 to find out more or book a consultation.