To understand immune treatment options, it’s best to first understand immune-related infertility issues and how they can affect you.
Life has its ups and downs. Stress at work and home paired with the current state of the world can really take a toll. Add to that having any type of health concern, it can all just be so overwhelming. If you have recently learned you are having fertility struggles, don’t let this get you down. The field of fertility is ever growing, with new and exciting ways to help people with all kinds of fertility concerns.
Common infertility issues
You may know someone who has had struggles with fertility. Many people will have heard about in vitro fertilization, also known as IVF, but only have a vague idea of what it entails. However, others will have a much more in-depth knowledge of the various fertility struggles and still find themselves looking for answers.
Having a medical team check out you and your partner can go a long way toward understanding what infertility problems may be the source of your struggle. There are important and necessary diagnostic tests that can help to determine the cause or at the very least, rule out any potential issues. It’s important to know that even if you haven’t heard of the problem you are faced with, it doesn’t mean you’re alone.
Although a lot of people can be hesitant to talk about it, fertility struggles are incredibly common, which is one of the reasons why the field is ever-growing and more and more hopeful parents are finding the help they need to start a family. One growing section in the field of infertility is immuno-fertility. Having potential immune treatment can aid those who find themselves in need of reproductive help due to immunological reasons.
What is reproductive immunology?
During testing for your fertility struggles, you may hear the term “immunology” mentioned. Everyone has a very specific immune response to an embryo growing inside the body. The way your body’s immune system responds in testing could indicate the need for specialized immune treatment to aid your body in having a successful pregnancy.
Infertility issues in general can lead your specialist to consider immune testing. Various anomalies in your specific bodily systems could be the cause, but thankfully this field is finding ways to help support the immune system to have a more successful fertility journey.
From screening to treatment
During the screening phase, extensive blood work and testing will be carried out to see where there may be a need for a specific immune treatment. Your medical team will know what to look for and may need get a very detailed background from you about any previous pregnancy attempts, history of miscarriage or embryo implantation failure, and other similar history to give them the best picture of what could be going on in your individual case.
Immune treatments that could be offered to help aid your body with fertility include lymphocyte immunization therapy, intralipids, and intravenous immunoglobulins. These are complicated words for the various treatments that help change your immune system’s response to the possibility of pregnancy.
Immune treatment options
Lymphocyte immunization therapy, also known as LIT, involves white blood cells from the a partner or donor being injected into the female. This prepares the immune system for the embryo that will be entering the body, hopefully giving it time to be ready to accept it for potential pregnancy. Intralipids help women who have a history of implantation failure. Intravenous immunoglobulins help regulate your immune system so it does not go into overdrive.
Going through fertility struggles is overwhelming, even under the best of circumstances. Whether you have been through many different treatments and still haven’t had success or this is your first step into the world of infertility, know that you aren’t alone. Many individuals and couples around the world are experiencing the same thing, and your medical team is here to support you every step of the way.
Ask questions about your treatment options, and don’t be afraid to suggest various testing if you feel you’re missing out on something. You are in control, and with the help of the medical professionals and the various treatment options available, there is hope.