We’d love you to read this article in the Guardian magazine about reproductive immunology, in which our clinic and our medical director Dr George Nduwke feature.
The Guardian reporter, Sophie Hardach, who herself has experienced fertility treatment got the situation spot on when she said:
“After years of infertility and miscarriage, I decided to put my faith into the reproductive immunology field that is either fantastically promising or utterly bogus depending on who you ask.”
Reproductive immunology is one of several pioneering methods we offer here at the Zita West clinic. We pride ourselves on being the clinic that does things differently, and on looking to the future. We believe some of the techniques we use today will become commonplace for fertility treatment in the future.
Yet leading the charge does not come without its controversies. And the Guardian were accurate when they stated:
“A controversial treatment that has divided medical professionals is offering hope to women who have suffered multiple miscarriages.”
Yet their article remains balanced, and shows all sides of a complicated argument as well as the industry turf wars which interest only a few and yet go on inside the medical world.
At the Zita West clinic, our focus is on our clients and our results. Many of the couples we see every day are disillusioned with the treatments they have received with no answers as to why they are miscarrying and having repeated IVF failures.
Of course, not all women have immune issues, and we know that age is still the biggest factor in fertility.
There is a need for more evidence and research, but what we do know for sure is that we sit – every day – with couples who are lost, hopeless, depressed, looking for answers. Patients feel let down by their bodies, nature, the system, the NHS, other clinics and they want to try a new route.
We look to those around the world who are pioneering new developments, and leave no stone unturned in our search for the actual cause of what is wrong.
That is why our treatment protocols have so much depth, from methods such as reproductive immunology, or our holistic approach which combines acupuncture, counselling, stress management, and nutrition. At the heart of our ethos is our desire to explore all angles and all opportunities so that we can give our clients what they truly want – babies.
And we do a really good job. That’s why our clinic, small and boutique compared to many, has become well known and highly regarded.
Our results are up- there with the very best in the UK, despite the fact that many of our patients should, statistically, due to many previous failed cycles at other clinics, have a below average chance of success.
The late American physician Dr Alan Beer is at the heart of the work surrounding the idea that a woman’s own immune system might be responsible for repeated miscarriages. In layman’s terms, he argued that natural killer cells, or NK cells, which usually destroy cancer cells and viruses, could get out of control and target the pregnancy.
Our medical director Dr George Ndukwe trained under Beer and is one of the pioneers of his methods in the UK.
We’re proud of that fact, and we’re proud of Dr Nduwke’s work, and our success rates, which speak for themselves.
We loved George’s quote in the Guardian, which read:
‘It does not matter what people say. If what you’re doing is working, there are more babies. If it’s not working, there are no babies. There’s no half-baby, no quarter-baby, only a full baby.’
And that’s what so many of the couples we see know only too well to be true.
So with that, thank you to the Guardian for shining their spotlight onto this issue, for writing a report which I highly recommend that you read.