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Lucy, 32, and Craig Rose, 29, with 18-month-old Sienna after three heartbreaking miscarriages and a failed cycle of IVF

A couple who suffered three heartbreaking miscarriages and an unsuccessful IVF cycle are expecting their second child thanks to a controversial treatment with ingredients used in mayonnaise.

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Lucy, 32 and Craig Rose, 29, were desperate to become parents and tried to conceive since their honeymoon in 2014.

But after several failed pregnancies, tests showed that Ms. Rose was suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

The condition, which affects one in five women in the UK, causes fluid-filled pouches to form around the eggs and interrupt the fertilization process.

Mrs Rose's body also produced so-called natural killer cells (NK), which act as a natural immune system in the fight against infections when a woman becomes pregnant.

In some future mothers, their immune system goes overdrive and the NK cells produce excessively to destroy the embryo as if it were an invading bug or virus.

After three devastating miscarriages and a failed round of IVF, the Warwick couple began to doubt whether they would ever have their dream family.

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But after researching alternative options, they came across a treatment known as immunomodulation therapy.

Lucy, 32, and Craig Rose, 29, with 18-month-old Sienna after three heartbreaking miscarriages and a failed cycle of IVF

Lucy, 32, and Craig Rose, 29, with 18-month-old Sienna after three heartbreaking miscarriages and a failed cycle of IVF

Mrs Rose is expecting baby number two next month thanks to a controversial treatment known as immunomodulation therapy. It's about pumping intralipids - a mixture of egg yolk and soybean oil - into its bloodstream via an IV

Mrs Rose is expecting baby number two next month thanks to a controversial treatment known as immunomodulation therapy. It's about pumping intralipids - a mixture of egg yolk and soybean oil - into its bloodstream via an IV

Mrs Rose is expecting baby number two next month thanks to a controversial treatment known as immunomodulation therapy. It's about pumping intralipids – a mixture of egg yolk and soybean oil – into its bloodstream via an IV

Mrs. Rose was finally able to found her dream family last year when Sienna (pictured together) was born after a devastating four-year attempt to conceive

Mrs. Rose was finally able to found her dream family last year when Sienna (pictured together) was born after a devastating four-year attempt to conceive

Mrs. Rose was finally able to found her dream family last year when Sienna (pictured together) was born after a devastating four-year attempt to conceive

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It is claimed that it solves the overproduction of NK cells by pumping female bodies with intralipids – a mixture of egg yolk and soybean oil, the same ingredients as mayo.

It is believed to stop a mother's NK cells by engulfing the blood stream with fatty acids that reduce the ability of the body's NK cells to produce toxic chemicals.

The fats are very caloric – about 200 calories per dose, the equivalent of a Snickers bar – and are compared to & # 39; getting an armful of mayonnaise & # 39 ;.

Usually infused twice before conception, and then three more times, treatment is thought to help implant the embryo and grow normally.

Mrs. Rose (pictured with husband Craig and daughter Sienna) suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). The condition causes fluid-filled pouches to form around her eggs and interrupt the fertilization process

Mrs. Rose (pictured with husband Craig and daughter Sienna) suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). The condition causes fluid-filled pouches to form around her eggs and interrupt the fertilization process

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Mrs. Rose (pictured with husband Craig and daughter Sienna) suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). The condition causes fluid-filled pouches to form around her eggs and interrupt the fertilization process

After several miscarriages, Mrs. Rose was canceled and fell into a & # 39; black hole of depression & # 39;

After several miscarriages, Mrs. Rose was canceled and fell into a & # 39; black hole of depression & # 39;

After several miscarriages, Mrs. Rose was canceled and fell into a & # 39; black hole of depression & # 39;

She said she felt the & # 39; whole world was gray & # 39; but with baby number two on the way she feels that the color has returned to her life

She said she felt the & # 39; whole world was gray & # 39; but with baby number two on the way she feels that the color has returned to her life

She said she felt the & # 39; whole world was gray & # 39; but with baby number two on the way she feels that the color has returned to her life

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In addition, women are also advised to take steroids, which further suppress the immune system, and blood thinners to prevent blood clots, which can also interfere with the implantation of embryos.

Ready to give every treatment a chance, the desperate couple agreed to treatment and their first wonder baby, Sienna, was born 18 months ago.

And the couple has another reason to celebrate – because after successful treatment, they naturally became pregnant and expect their second baby to complete the family on October 27.

IMMUNOMODULATION THERAPY – WHAT IS IT?

Some women produce so-called natural killer cells excessively during pregnancy.

When an embryo tries to develop in its womb, its immune system overdrive to destroy it as if it were an invading bug or virus.

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It is claimed that immunomodulation therapy works by pumping the body of women with intralipids – a mixture of egg yolk and soybean oil – that is believed to restrain a mother's NK cells and therefore have a better chance of a full pregnancy.

It costs up to £ 7,000 per cycle – £ 2,000 more than conventional fertility treatments.

It is said to work by flooding women's blood streams with fatty acids that reduce the ability of the body's NK cells to produce toxic chemicals.

These toxins can attack and reject the developing embryo as a foreign object.

The fats are very caloric – about 200 calories per dose, the equivalent of a Snickers bar – and are compared to & # 39; getting an armful of mayonnaise & # 39 ;.

Usually infused twice before conception, and then three more times, treatment is thought to help implant the embryo and grow normally.

In addition, women are also advised to take steroids, which further suppress the immune system, and blood thinners to prevent blood clots, which can also interfere with the implantation of embryos.

It is still considered controversial because large controlled and randomized studies have yet to be funded – probably because the costs of the research are so high.

Mrs. Rose, a teacher, was determined to share her story to break the silence of miscarriages and give hope to other couples with infertility.

She said: & # 39; My husband and I have always wanted children and we hoped it would happen on our honeymoon in July 2014.

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& # 39; When the months passed and only one line appeared in the test, I knew something was wrong.

& # 39; Going through three miscarriages before we started our IVF journey was extremely traumatic.

& # 39; I was signed out when I fell into a black hole of depression; I felt hopeless. I heard about the & # 39; mayo arts & # 39; and we thought we might as well try – and I'm so glad we did.

& # 39; I never thought that something as simple as that could be the key to our wonder family.

Gek Strangely enough I like mayonnaise, it is my sauce, but dr. George made it very clear that he is not pumping spice into my body. & # 39;

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Dr. George Ndukwe – the & # 39; mayo doctor & # 39; called – developed the treatment nearly 10 years ago and claims to have helped dozens of women struggling with infertility to conceive.

With £ 4,000 per cycle plus £ 235 per infusion, the treatment is not cheap, but Mrs. Rose claims it was worth every penny.

She said: & # 39; It was the only option for us to go private because I needed specialized help that is not available on the NHS.

& # 39; I think the first drop helped my second pregnancy because my body now knows what to do.

& # 39; Dr. George continued to treat me with the same medication and intralipid until I was 12 weeks pregnant as a precautionary measure with baby number two.

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& # 39; Before I tried treatment, our life had become an endless cycle of 32 days, we would reach the middle of the month, I would & # 39; jump out of bed in the morning to do an ovulation test.

& # 39; I am ashamed to admit that I have ever read that you are more likely to become pregnant if you slept in complete darkness every night and so I made sure there was not the least light in the bedroom around us the very best chance to give.

& # 39; 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 because I had no symptoms and regular periods.

The couple received one round of IVF at the NHS, but unfortunately it was unsuccessful and after thorough research they went to the Zita West Clinic in London for the controversial treatment of Dr. George.

Mrs. Rose added: & I would go to the clinic every month to sit there for an hour with the intralipid infusion that I liked because it gave me the opportunity to meet other women with similar stories like me.

& # 39; During our trip I felt that the whole world was gray. But as soon as Sienna came by, all the colors came back and I was happy again.

& # 39; I didn't think I could be happier, but now we have another wonder baby on the way. & # 39;

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