There is perhaps nothing more heartbreaking than hoping for a baby, getting excited about a positive test, forming a bond with your baby and planning for the future, only to suddenly lose the child you longed for. Many people don't understand the pain of a miscarriage. But no matter how early you lost your pregnancy, that was your baby; you have a right to grieve.
We don't want to see you continue to suffer, so let our fertility specialists help you figure out what's behind these multiple miscarriages.
Most miscarriages are caused by genetic abnormalities in the developing embryo that would have made it impossible for the baby to live a normal life. This is nature's way of preventing serious defects from making their way into the gene pool, so take heart; the miscarriage is not your fault, and there is nothing you could have done to prevent it.
After you have a miscarriage, particularly if the miscarriage is later on in the first trimester, you may be able to request genetic testing of the embryo. Your doctor may also conduct tests on you to evaluate whether an infection or some other issue contributed to the miscarriage.
Because miscarriages are so common, doctors won't diagnose a woman with recurrent miscarriage until she has had three or more miscarriages in a row. When this happens, it suggests a chronic issue -- not a one-time genetic anomaly -- is at play.
Understanding what causes multiple miscarriages is not always easy. That's why it's so important to partner with a fertility specialist, since your regular doctor may not have the skill or experience necessary to properly diagnose or treat your condition.
The solutions for recurrent miscarriage are as diverse as the women who experience this heartbreaking issue. Treatment begins with a comprehensive workup that may include lab work, tracking your menstrual cycles, a detailed medical history, and scans of your reproductive organs to assess the cause.