By Lucy Notarantonio
A couple who suffered three devastating miscarriages have revealed the secret behind their miracle family – after a doctor helped them conceive using the same ingredients as MAYONNAISE.
Lucy Rose and husband Craig, from Warwick, were heartbroken when they lost three pregnancies and had a failed round of IVF after desperately trying to start their dream family.
They tried every old wives’ tale in the book to conceive, but were devastated when tests revealed Lucy was suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as well as having high levels of natural killer cells that meant her body was killing off embryos.
But after deciding to try a second round of private IVF treatment, Lucy, 32, came across an unusual form of treatment which involves an intralipid drip of eggs and soybean oil the same ingredients used in a jar of mayo – infused into her bloodstream in a bid to suppress the killer cells.
Willing to give any treatment a shot, the desperate couple agreed to treatment with the so-called ‘Mayo doctor’ – and their first miracle baby , Sienna, was born 18 months ago.
And the pair have further reason to celebrate – because after having successful treatment with the mayo-drip with their first born, they then went on to conceive naturally, and are expecting their second baby to complete the family in 27th October 2019.
Lucy, a teacher, was determined to share her story to break the silence of miscarriages and give hope to other couples facing infertility.
She said: “My husband and I have always wanted children and we hoped it would happen on our honeymoon in July 2014.
“As the months passed and only one line appeared on the test, I knew in my gut something was wrong.
“Living through three miscarriages before we embarked upon our IVF journey was exceptionally traumatic.
“I was signed off work as I fell into a black hole of depression; I felt hopeless.
“I heard about the ‘mayo doctor’ and we thought we might as well give it a go – and I’m so glad we did!
“I would never have thought such a simple thing could be the key to our miracle family.
“Funnily enough, I love mayonnaise it is my go to sauce however Dr.George made it very clear that he isn’t pumping a condiment into my body.”
Dr George Ndukwe developed the treatment nearly 10 years ago – and claims to have helped dozens of women struggling with infertility to conceive.
The treatment, where women’s bodies are pumped with intralipids — a mixture of egg yolk and soybean oil — is believed to restrain a mother’s so-called Natural Killer Cells.
It’s believed that this can make her more likely to sustain a full-term pregnancy once IVF treatment is started.
Lucy was put on the contraceptive pill to prevent cysts which previously delayed her from starting the IVF process and she had two intralipid infusion drips prior to treatment to dampen down the natural killer cell levels.
A £4000 a cycle plus £235 per drip, the treatment, known as Immune Therapy, isn’t cheap, but Lucy claims it was worth every penny.
She said: “It was the only option left for us to go private as I required specialist help which isn’t available on the NHS.
“I think the first drip helped my second pregnancy as my body now knows what to do. Dr.George continued to treat me with the same medication and intralipid up until I was 12 weeks pregnant as a precaution with baby number two.
“Before I tried the treatment, our lives had become an endless cycle of 32 days, we’d get to the middle of the month, I’d jump out of bed in the morning to do an ovulation test and we’d follow the rules by having sex every other day to ensure good quality sperm.
“Sex loses it romance when everything becomes about timing and then have the agonising two-week wait which is enough to mess with anyone’s head.
“I’m embarrassed to admit that I even once read that you were more likely to conceive if you slept in complete darkness every night and so I made sure there wasn’t the slightest chink of light in the bedroom to give us the very best chance.
“After a year of trying, we went to our local hospital for further tests and I was diagnosed with PCOS which was a complete shock to me as I didn’t have any symptoms and regular periods.
Sadly, Lucy miscarried three times before reaching 12 weeks and further tests revealed she has a high level of natural killer cells causing recurrent miscarriages.
The couple received one round of IVF on the NHS but unfortunately it was unsuccessful and after thorough research, they went to Zita West Clinic in London for private IVF treatment.
Lucy adds: “I would go to the clinic every month to sit there for an hour with the intrapalid drip which I enjoyed as it gave me the opportunity to meet other women with similar stories to me.
“During our journey, I felt like the whole world was grey, I went through more heartbreak as I suffered with vanishing twin syndrome – Sienna’s twin disappeared and the fetal tissue was absorbed by us both.
“But as soon as Sienna came along all the colour came back and I was happy again. I didn’t think I could get any happier but now we have another miracle baby on the way.
“Sadly, miscarriage isn’t spoken about and seen by some, as a ‘taboo’ and many people didn’t know how to react when we told them.
“Miscarriage is inexplicably painful; it’s a distinctive type of pain which can make it somewhat uncomfortable to know how to react and support those living through it.
“That said, I don’t believe there is any reasonable excuse for those who love you not to support you in the best way that they can, luckily we have amazing friends and family who helped us get through it.”
Dr. George Ndukwe said: “The balance between two large groups of immune cells known as T-helper cells (TH1 and TH2) has been found to be very important in recurrent embryo implantation failure.
“TH2 group produce baby friendly chemicals called cytokines – a category of signalling molecules that mediate and regulate immunity, inflammation – whereas the TH1 produce pro-inflammatory anti pregnancy cytokines associated with recurrent implantation failure.
“You therefore need TH2 dominance for successful implantation. If investigations show TH1 dominance Intralipid can be used to restore TH2 dominance and thus improve the chance of successful implantation and pregnancy. ”
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