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Hi GUYS,

To cut a long story.. need to know if I should go for immune testing b4 I have next IVF/ICSI.

Unexplained diagnosis, last ivf got 10eggs which 3 fertalised!

Dh and I are wondering whether its worth going via immune testing route first before we spend any money on next IVF/ISCI. ( Rather than have 6-7 cycles of ivf only to find i have an immune prob)

I have no previous knowledge of immune probs, but should it be something we should consider before.

What is the testing like? and what exactly are they testing( sorry but am new to this all).

Finally who do i go to Dr beer or Sehata?

Any info would be appreicted.

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Sonia
 

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Hi Sonia,

I had immune testing done at the argc, who work with Dr Beer. The tests were £850.00 and they took 18 vials of blood. Some of them are sent to Chicago and you get the results two weeks later. I have some raised Nk cells, for which I am having IVIG (£800.00) and steroids during tx. I think Dr ******* only tests for activated NK cells and only gives steroids...although I am sure some of the others would be able to fill you in on this.

I am also in the unexplained category, so thought it was worth having these done in case anything was being missed.

Good luck with everything,
Crystal
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Hi Sonia

I agree! Get tested for immune problems before you start the IVF route. See my bio for details but I have spent £35000 on treatment altogether with no success, only to find out now that I have immune-mediated infertility.

Although it adds extra cost and delay having these tests done (and a lot of reproductive specialists don't believe it exists as a cause of infertility in the first place)please don't enter treatment without making sure it isn't an immune problem, as it just won't work. I would spare you that trauma.

In the long term it might turn out that the majority of women with 'unexplained' turn out to have immune problems. It is very early days for this treatment, we just don't know yet whether it will turn out to be the wonder treatment we all hope for or just another red herring for those of us who don't know why we can't do it ourselves naturally.

It never hurts to have more information though so I would get to see dr Beer (see the other threads on Humira/ TNF etc) and get yourself assessed.

Good luck with everyting!
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Thnx girls,

Feels right to go for the immune testing first, does Dr Beers test for everything under that amount ?  I have contacted Dr ******* and am seeing him this Wed, should be having more that NK Cells testing then??

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Hi Sonia,

I am on my 3 IVF attempt and they can't understand why I can't get pregnant. I went to Dr ******* and have done my test and I have slightly high NK cells and will know the outcome in 3 weeks time as I am doing my third IVF the 7 September and we will see if it works.

I don't think that this is going to be the wonder cure but at least I have tried and if it works it works. So you have nothing to lose on it.

Good luck

Anna
 
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