Amidst the excitement of a new pregnancy, miscarriage can be a daunting fear — even more so for those who have experienced a miscarriage before. Dr. Edwin Robins from Center for Reproductive Health in Spokane, Washington, shares answers to the two most common fertility questions from those who have experienced a miscarriage.
1. “WILL THIS KEEP HAPPENING?”
Unfortunately, miscarriages are common. According to the Mayo Clinic, 10-20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriages. Fortunately, an early pregnancy loss (within the first 20 weeks) is unlikely to create issues with the uterus. Having a miscarriage, or even two, does not make you less fertile. But having several miscarriages consecutively may be a sign of an existing condition that is affecting your fertility. Women who’ve had two or more miscarriages are considered to have recurrent miscarriages, and should be evaluated by a Fertility Specialist.
2. “WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN?”
For women with recurrent miscarriages, a visit to a fertility specialist is crucial. If a cause can be determined, you may be able to take preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of future miscarriages. Miscarriages are often caused by a genetic abnormality in the embryo. Other causes could be anatomical, immunological, or hormonal issues, or unknown causes. There are a number of different tests we can perform to determine the likely cause of recurrent miscarriage. There are also treatment and surgery options available to help correct issues preventing a full-term pregnancy. Women should be sure to discuss all the options with their Fertility Specialist.
Fear of miscarriage may not go away entirely, but with a cause identified and prevention plan in place, women can pursue pregnancy with less fear and improve chances of having a successful pregnancy.
At the Center for Reproductive Health, we understand the importance of becoming a family, because we are one. As a leader in reproductive technologies, we're dedicated to compassionate and individualized treatment to help you find your path to parenthood. Our innovative techniques and advanced medical care provide comprehensive chromosomal profiles, resulting in reduced miscarriage rates and higher implantation rates for healthy embryos. We can make building your family an exciting reality, with support every step of the way.