Reproductive immunology

Exploring the relationship between fertility ​and immunology

Reproductive immunology attempts to identify possible immunological causes of reproductive challenges

What is reproductive immunology?

If you have received counselling with regard to reproductive immunology testing and chosen to have the test performed, the results will inform us as to whether there may be an immune factor that may be affecting implantation.

The results and the recommended treatments will be fully discussed with you in clinic before your treatment.

Our expertise in investigating fertility issues

The Lister Fertility Clinic's reproductive immunology team, led by fertility consultant Dr Yau Thum, have been exploring the relationship between the immune system and reproductive challenges since 2003. If you've had recurrent miscarriages or many unsuccessful attempts at IVF, your consultant may suggest the NK (natural killer) blood test to help determine if an overactive immune system is affecting your ability to get pregnant.

To have this test you must have a history of particular reproductive challenges or have a pre-existing autoimmune condition such as lupus or Crohn's disease. We don't offer this test to people having IVF for the first time. Depending on your results, your consultant might suggest treatment in the form of oral medication to suppress your immune system, an infusion of purified antibodies from blood donors or a fat emulsion infusion of soya bean oil, egg yolk, glycerin and water.

Fertility "add-ons"

A fertility "add-on" is an "optional extras that you may be offered on top of your normal fertility treatment, often at an additional cost. They’re typically emerging techniques that may have shown some promising results in initial studies but haven’t necessarily been proven to improve pregnancy or birth rates."

The HFEA "traffic light rating" for treatments relating to reproductive immunology is "red", suggesting that no good evidence to show that they are effective and safe.
 

Our fertility consultants

We're proud to work with leading fertility experts across a range of medical fields, including gynaecology and urology. 

Our team of consultants is supported by embryologists, sonographers and counsellors, as well as experienced fertility trained nurse practitioners.
Consultant in theatres

Our locations

From complex fertility treatment and surgery to diagnostic tests and scans, we provide access to exceptional fertility and reproductive care across our network of fertility clinics.

Contact us about fertility treatment

Our helpline advisors can assist with enquiries and help with booking an appointment with a fertility specialist. 

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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