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Intralipid Therapy with Footsteps To Fertility Centre

Intralipid is a solution containing soybean oil, egg yolk phospholipids, and glycerin. The solution is administered intravenously to provide a broad range of essential fatty acids.

Intralipid therapy is used in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) whose fertility is affected by immune system dysfunction. Intravenous infusion of Intralipid before, during, and after IVF may enhance implantation of the embryo and help maintain your pregnancy.

Women who experience repeated miscarriages or implantation failure after in vitro fertilization may benefit from Intralipid therapy. The team at Footsteps To Fertility Clinic in Kenya increase the chance of a successful pregnancy by administering Intralipid therapy to women with immune problems that affect embryonic implantation.

To learn whether you are a good candidate for Intralipid therapy, feel free to contact us or use our  booking below to schedule an appointment.

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Benefits of intralipid therapy

Intralipid infusion therapy, staves off natural killer cells that may attack an embryo or fetus while it’s developing in the womb.

Intralipid therapy offers a course of treatment for the immunologic causes of miscarriage.

Intralipids are significantly more affordable for couples who are seeking success after multiple miscarriages. Intralipids have a suppressive action on certain components of the mother’s immune system, essentially safeguarding the embryo from the immune reactions which might otherwise result in a miscarriage.

How does the immune system affect implantation?

For implantation to occur, the endometrium must be receptive. That’s a process that depends on factors such as hormones and appropriate interaction between the embryo and the mother’s immune system.

Several types of immune cells contribute to a healthy endometrium. One type, called a uterine natural killer (NK) cell, has a vital role in implantation.

Natural killer cells destroy tumor cells. They can be toxic, but in the uterus, they secrete substances needed for a successful pregnancy.

Uterine NK cells trigger the growth of essential blood vessels and release growth factors that support implantation and help build a healthy placenta.

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What causes an imbalance of natural killer cells?

In some women, implantation failure occurs when an excessive amount of uterine NK cells are triggered. As a result, the NK cells become toxic rather than beneficial, and the endometrium can not support the embryo. This type of immunologic implantation dysfunction can develop due to:

Autoimmune dysfunction

In most cases of immune-related implantation failure, autoimmune disease triggers antibodies, which in turn over-activate uterine NK cells.

Alloimmune dysfunction

The genetic makeup of the embryo may activate the mother’s immune system, leading to an increase in NK cells.

Women with an unusually high number of NK cells may benefit from Intralipid therapy because it suppresses uterine NK cell activity.

Intralipid therapy is usually started a week or two before your IVF embryo transfer; then you may receive a second infusion or ongoing treatments through the first half of your pregnancy, depending on your individual needs.

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