why “reproductive immunology”?

Doctors Smoke Camels

Did it happen?  Did your eyes glaze over yet?  Hang in there with me — I want to make this relatively painless!

If you’re not a science person, that’s OK.  I just want to make a distinction here between what “was” and what “is to be” (like doctors endorsing cigarettes to doctors condemning cigarettes!)  You see, when I found out that reproductive immunology existed, and that it was its own field, entirely different than the reproductive endocrinology that is commonplace, I knew I was going to have a story to tell.

And here’s where the rubber meets the road: for the woman who has struggled with infertility, miscarriage, or repeated failure with current treatments like in vitro fertilization, it may actually be very important that she knows this distinction exists.  Because most fertility doctors are still not using reproductive immunology, and when they tell that woman they cannot help her, they are handing her a ticket to a dead-end.

What if that dead-end doesn’t have to stop her?  Wouldn’t that change her whole life?!

This is where I feel I am.  I’ve been handed that dead-end ticket so many times – and for me, I know it’s many fewer times than the women who’ve tried even harder than me to have children.  Many of you have struggled to get pregnant at all.  Infertility can be a very sad, lonely road to walk.  So if there were a way to get off that road, wouldn’t you throw yourself at the chance?

Here’s the thing: how are women going to know they can get off that road if no one tells them?  That’s where my story is coming in (I hope, anyway!).  That’s why I told you about my “stepping stones,” my trip to New York (parts one and two), and my bloodwork.  That’s why I am hoping to develop a site just to talk about this new discovery (it’s not too late to enter my giveaway contest!)

And so, until I figure out the details for that site, I’ll continue to post here.  I’m hoping to share about statistics of success for reproductive immunology, and to peel back the layer of mainstream medicine that most of us aren’t seeing beyond.  I’m no doctor, but I have an experience I’m not going to be quiet about.  So sit tight – and pray for me if you have a minute.  I need wisdom, and I need a lot of it!

One more nugget for you before I go: did you know that the current protocols (which my Pittsburgh fertility specialists use) for treating recurrent miscarriage are from 2001?  Doesn’t eleven years sound like a long time to you in the field of science and medicine?  It’s time to step it up, docs!  Ladies, let’s be there for one another, because most of the time, it’s we who help each other when the doctors have let us down.

Until next time —

Your Friendly Neighborhood Repro Renegade (haha, I just felt like I needed a signature there! … and we’ve been watching a lot of Spiderman.)

photo credit: jollyboy

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About Sara

I am a 30-something momma of two with a history of recurrent pregnancy loss. After receiving no answers from "regular" fertility specialists, I discovered that there is a pioneering field of fertility testing and treatment called Reproductive Immunology. The American College of OB-GYN's still does not recognize this field, but I felt strongly that women needed to know there might still be answers for them. I started a website to inform and encourage others to be their own advocates.
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2 Responses to why “reproductive immunology”?

  1. Georgette says:

    Reblogged this on Can't Control Everything After All and commented:
    BEST INTRO POST EVER!

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