Five Failed IVF's

kat1973

3 Posts
Reply Posted on: Sep 14, 2012 at 6:52pm
Hi Dr. Braverman,Your message board is very interesting and informative. After five failed IVF's I am pretty frustrated and scratching me head as to what to do next. My last two IVF's were done at one of the most reputable of "factory" clinics in NYC. Heavy emphasis on factory. Not much of a diagnosis aside from Endometriosis. I obviously have implantation issues. All I keep hearing is that my lining looks great and I should schedule my next IVF. I'm not ready mentally or financially for another IVF.

In a case like mine where there are no clear issues where would you start in terms of testing in the uterus? I have egg reserve and my husband is fine. How do you test for elevated NK cells? My current RE totally dismissed testing for elevated NK cells.

ThanksKat1973

Dr. Braverman

2026 Posts
RE: Five Failed IVF's Posted on: Sep 14, 2012 at 7:59pm
Hi Kat I am very sorry for all your difficulties. I agree with your RE if you posed to him just testing for NK cells. The immune system works as an orchestra there are no solo performances, meaning you have to look at the entire immune system not just one cell to understand if there is involvement of the immune system in your failures. He is however wrong to have you udergo any furhter cycles without a COMPLETE assesment of ALL the cuases of implantation failure which is what we do at our center. Unfortunately the level of understanding of the immune systems involvement is very limited at most IVF centers so they have no choice but to move you on to another cycle. Let me say that many centers have started to refer these kinds of cases to our clinic and the majority of times if the embryos are good and there are no lining issues, we can identify and successfuly treat the problem.
I would recommend you call our center and schedule a consultation so I can go over your case in detail and help you understand why this has not worked for you.
I hope I can be of service to you
Dr. Jeffrey Braverman MD FACOG
Medical Director
Braverman Reproductive Immunology P.C.