What is an Intralipid Infusion?
Intralipid is a brand name for a synthetic solution widely used in health care and contains soy bean oil, egg phospholipids and glycerin (1.2% egg yolk phospholipids, 10% soybean oil, 2.25% glycerin and water). The infusion is administered intravenously through a vein in either the hand or the arm.
Who may benefit from an Intralipid Infusion?
Research has suggested that women who have failed to conceive or maintain a pregnancy as a result of abnormal Natural Killer (NK) cell level or function may benefit from the use of Intralipids. Some types of infertility may be caused by a slightly overactive immune system. When this occurs the immune system can attack the egg, sperm and embryo. This can result in difficulty achieving pregnancy, maintaining the pregnancy, or repeated miscarriages. Natural killer (NK) cells are regulated by the immune system. In women who have autoimmune issues, the NK cells can react abnormally to an implanting embryo, treating it as an invading cell and signalling for the body to attack it. Evidence suggests Intralipids may suppress NK cell activity for a sufficient duration of time to enhance implantation, sustain pregnancy and promote a successful reproductive outcome. New research has suggested that women who have experienced recurrent miscarriages or multiple failed IUI or IVF cycles as a result of NK cell activation may benefit from the use of intralipids.
How are Intralipids given?
You will need to book an appointment and it usually requires around three hours to complete the procedure, if it is your first infusion, or around 45 minutes if it is a repeat infusion. An Intralipid infusion is delivered directly into the blood stream by intravenous drip and this process is monitored and administered by the nurse. You will be made comfortable throughout the procedure. We advise that you bring along a book or some magazines to read as the procedure is quite lengthy. It is very important that you are not allergic to soy or egg products, and also that you do not have a history of high cholesterol or liver disease. It is administered 4-7 days before embryo transfer or insemination. A further Intralipid infusion is given 4-5 weeks following a positive pregnancy test, to keep the NK cells deactivated until the pregnancy can override the signals being sent by the immune system.
What risks are involved?
Intralipids are well tolerated by patients with few side effects. Patients who are allergic to soy bean oil, egg or glycerine cannot be given an Intralipid infusion. Side effects such as fever, headache or nausea and vomiting are rare and occur in less than 1% of infusions.
How do I book an Intralipid Infusion?
Cherish-UK is a private pregnancy and fertility scanning clinic, you can self refer and arrange an appointment at your convenience. To book an Intralipid Infusion please telephone us on 0121 354 4777 or 07580 611 879, fill out our online enquiry form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Intralipid Infusion Fees
Monday - Saturday
If Intralipids are provided by Cherish-UK
Payment is required by cash or card on arrival at the clinic. We do not accept cheques.
Please be aware that Cherish UK has a 24 hour notice cancellation policy. If you do not attend on the day and have not made contact to cancel your appointment we reserve the right to charge the full fee.
What Cherish-UK Clients Say About Us
" A good experience for my first visit, to have an intralipid infusion as part of my fertility treatment. Felt comfortable and the nurses kept coming in and out to check. Easy to book in at short notice, really pleasant to deal with. "
"I had Intralipid Infusion & previous ultrasound scans. Excellent service. I have seen Diana several times over the last year. She is very kind and caring."
"I have been to Cherish many times. I've had reassurance scans and intripalids. Each and every time I go there I get such a warm welcome and I'm out at ease. All my questions are answered in detail and there's always loads of time given in each appointment. I would highly recommend Cherish. When paying for your scans you want the very best and that's exactly what you get with Cherish. I wouldn't go anywhere else."
"I have attended Cherish for an endometrial scratch, several intralipids, a pre-treatment scan before IVF and reassurance scan because of a bleeding scare. Both Diane and Jacqui have been excellent at providing these services. It is a real one-to-one service and they are very professional. Would definitely recommend."
"Words cannot explain my experience with this team of individuals I regard them so highly. There professionalism, kind hearted and considerate attitude has made all the difference. I absolutely adore them and cant imagine them not being part of my long term health plan as I progress through my pregnancy."
"I have received HCG blood tests, reassurance scans, and intralipids from Cherish UK. Due to a history of recurrent miscarriage, I have a lot of anxiety and fears when pregnant. The care, attention, and support received from Cherish has been like what you would expect from family. They are so kind and so considerate of my concerns. For the first time I'm working with people on my pregnancy who I feel are really on my team. They always make room to accommodate any scan or treatment I need. They give me honest opinions and encouragement which makes me feel so lucky to have found them. I know women from all over the country who would give anything to have such a amazing place/people to help them through this time! "
"Fantastic information given. Very reassuring and very understanding."
Emma, Burton on trent
"Love this clinic, they put my mind at rest and are caring and professional. Plus its nice and local!"
Mel, Sutton Coldfield
"Great local service. Both ladies were very friendly and accommodating to my needs. I was seen at the earliest opportunity and it was all stress free. They make you feel comfortable immediately upon arrival. Great service."
"It really gave me reassurance, both Diana an Jacqui were most helpful and knew their stuff."
Cel, Sutton Coldfield