Miscarriage & Recurrent Miscarriage
You are not alone, Studies show that anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in a miscarriage. Miscarriage is defined as a pregnancy that ends on its own, within the first 20 weeks of gestation. However, most miscarriages occur during the first trimester, or the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Denver Fertility Albrecht Women’s Care team understands the emotional impact of a miscarriage, which can often lead to many health questions; our team is here to offer preliminary testing to better understand how you can conceive again, and continue a healthy pregnancy.
COMMON REASONS FOR MISCARRIAGE
- Chromosomal abnormalities are the most common reason for miscarriage but usually goes undiagnosed due to the miscarriage occurring in the very early stages of pregnancy.
- Hormonal issues- such as thyroid disorders & PCOS can increase risk
- Implantation of the egg does not occur properly in the uterine lining
- Maternal age- Women between the ages of 35-45 years old have a 20-35% chance of miscarriage and Women over the age of 45 can have up to a 50% chance of miscarriage.
- Lifestyle – smoking, poor diet, exposure to chemicals or radiation, or contact with toxic substances can increase risk.
Recurrent Miscarriage, also known as repeated miscarriage, affect’s approximately 1% of couples trying to conceive and is defined as 3 or more consecutive first trimester miscarriages. At Denver Fertility -Albrecht Women’s Care, it is recommended to have a full physical exam and testing to hopefully identify the cause of why recurrent miscarriages are occurring. According to The American college of obstetricians and gynecologists if no cause of repeated miscarriage is found, 65% of women go onto have a successful next pregnancy.
Treatment of Reoccurring Miscarriage
The following protocol is commonly used to help identify the source of reoccurring miscarriage:
- Genetic Testing
- Anatomic evaluation
- Underlying Vaginal Infection
- Testing for Autoimmune and Thrombophilia issues
- Additional testing occurs on an individual basis