Can condoms help for immune issues?


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Reply Posted on: Feb 27, 2013 at 6:44am
I had a repro endocrinologist tell me that condoms *might* help with potential immune issues (that I haven't even been tested for yet but I want two because I have had two failed IVFs), so for some reason I decided to give it a whirl and for six months now I have been using condoms with my husband to avoid contact with his semen. Now that I actually started looking into it, it looks like semen is pretty good for the female immune system, so I want to quit using condoms, but want to take advantage of the fact that we've been using them for six months and see if there is any test that can measure my Anti-DNA levels or something now and then several months after normal intercourse again to see if I DO have any reaction to his sperm/semen. What tests would you recommend to measure my potential reaction?

Dr. Braverman

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RE: Can condoms help for immune issues? Posted on: Feb 27, 2013 at 6:54am
The best test is one that is not readily aviailble yet, but T regulator cells in the endometrial cavity usually accumulate in response to sperm and or seminal fluid. But the biopsies still do not do a good job in clearly identifying them. A peripheral blood analyis of the same along with your complete HLA typing would give us some information , as well as a run of the other cells involved with immuen regulation . I would be happy to assist you with this. Of course the real question is what is actually your problem? You can call me for a brief 10 minute chat I would be happy to discuss these issues with you
Dr. Jeffrey Braverman MD FACOG
Medical Director
Braverman Reproductive Immunology P.C.