Often, infertility is defined as the inability to conceive. Another component of this condition, however, is recurrent miscarriage. In some cases, patients conceive but can’t carry their pregnancies to term. When a woman has two or more consecutive miscarriages in a row, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) defines that as recurrent miscarriage.
Our fertility specialists break down reasons for recurrent miscarriage
According to Dr. Mika Thomas, one of the physicians at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates, recurrent miscarriages occur in about 1 to 2 percent of women. In our fertility clinic, we understand the pain and heartache recurrent miscarriage can bring to couples who are trying to conceive. We want to offer support and hope for those individuals dealing with repeated pregnancy loss.
Common questions about recurrent miscarriage
What causes recurrent miscarriage?
A variety of factors can contribute to recurrent miscarriage, including uterine abnormalities, maternal age, genetic translocations, infection and immunological problems. Our fertility doctors have the expertise and training to evaluate your specific case so that we can help you have the family you desire.
Is there testing for recurrent miscarriage?
After completing your medical history, your physician will probably begin with a series of tests to determine the cause for repeated pregnancy loss. With about 50 percent of cases, we can identify a specific reason for the miscarriages. Blood work to check for hormonal or antibody issues, chromosome testing for both partners, an ultrasound to look at the uterus, and a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) die test to view the uterine cavity can all shed light on potential problems that are hindering conception.
Can you treat recurrent miscarriage?
If your physician identifies a specific cause for recurrent miscarriage, he or she can recommend the appropriate treatment. For example, surgery can correct a bicornuate uterus or remove fibroids. Women with immune disorders such as antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APAS), a condition that leads to blood clotting, often do well on blood thinning medications. When no exact reason is found, we may suggest in-vitro fertilization (IVF) with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to increase the odds of a healthy embryo and successful pregnancy.
We want our patients to have important infertility information, including details about recurrent miscarriage. To learn more about recurrent miscarriage, listen to Dr. Thomas offer an explanation about the subject. If you have suffered several pregnancy losses, contact our Dallas fertility clinic to make an appointment with one of our compassionate physicians.