Back in May I went to see the fancy reproductive immunologist in NYC. I was upset bc he basically told me that it was my endo and that I should stop all medications. Then he noticed that he forgot to run one test on me. I decided to get that test done. It has to do with HLA matching.
Have you ever heard of when people want to donate bone marrow and they get tested to see if they are a match? My dh and I had that test to see if we are a match. This is important to fertility bc if your immune system matches your dh too much then this will cause auto immune problems and infertility.
It took over a month to get the results back. I found out yesterday and it took me all day to process the information and my emotions. It turns out that we have 7 matches in common. The dr said that 5 is borderline and 7 is a real problem. He said the most he has ever seen was 10. This must be a big deal bc he changed his tune about not taking any medication. He actually seemed very confident that this was my problem and that he could treat it.
The only treatment that he uses with success is neupogen. I have been taking that for a while now. So at first I was really upset that I have this issue and the only treatment is not working. Then I was calm about it bc this could be the last piece and maybe I just have to stick with it long enough for a good egg to come along. I have been going naturally with only one egg a month. So it is like pulling a slot machine to see which genes will match up. What are the odds that my dh would match my immune system so well that we could not reproduce.
From what I can tell by looking at the report we there are 9 different categories. Each person has two possible genes in each category to donate to the embryo. So I guess there is a chance that things could line up but with only one chance a month this may never happen.
Now I have to decide how much longer I want to try the neupogen. The Dr said to give it two more months. Then I am going to try the LDN. This RI has no experience with LDN. Since LDN works with people who have autoimmune diseases, it still makes sense that it would help me with my matching issue.
I am going to try some mild stims called menopur. I have been very cautious and have not taken stims due to my lufs, but that seems under control and maybe if I can get a few follicles I will have a better chance at getting a good egg to pop out. At this point I have nothing to lose. I have had my lufs under control for over a year and that clearly was not the main issue.