Sheesh – I just found out I have tested positive for natural killer cells. It seems my body kills embryos. Now that might explain why I have have 13 IVF failures. I wish I saw my new Doctor sooner. Now we just have to worry about my husbands sperm, my natural killer cells and our age – well my age!
From what I can gather the next step in the process is steroids and medication to suppress my immune system. Goody – I wonder if this means I am more likely to get sick. I have been disgustingly healthy – I think I had all my illnesses as a child. However, if they suppress my immune system I guess I am now more likely to catch various illnesses. I don’t like being sick and I don’t make a good patient.
Do how does one get tested for natural killer cells. Well basically you have to book your appointment for day 21 of your cycle. Your fertility specialist will then dig into your uterus and take a specimen for testing. This is not a pleasant test. It hurts for 10 seconds it takes for the specialist to get the speciman as well as afterwards.
My next step is to see the good doctor when he returns from his conference to get the low down on the treatment. Now this is going to be interesting. It seems the more you do IVF, the more drugs get pumped into your body. Anyways, my fertility specialist seems to think that 60% of women get pregnant after being treated for natural killer cells.