Every pregnancy is precious, even after one miscarriage we can arrange tests to exclude any factor that would increase the risk of a further pregnancy loss.
Certainly once a woman has had more than two miscarriages, these investigations should always be done and include blood tests for genetic, immune, hormonal and clotting issues, an ultrasound scan to investigate the womb itself and the cervix, and in some cases a genetic blood test for the man and a sperm test.
Couples who experience repeated miscarriages that are the result of genetic problems sometimes opt for a special form of IVF treatment called PGS or PGD, where the embryo is genetically tested before it is implanted, even though getting pregnant is not the issue.
Other treatments might include hormonal support, medications to alter the immune response or clotting response to a new pregnancy, or surgery.
Any new pregnancy is supported and monitored from the very beginning with blood tests and scans, and emotional support.
Being unable to conceive can erode confidence, destroy relationships, and still carries a hidden social stigma. Its a journey, personal and intrusive, obsessive and despairing at times, and sometimes very expensive, but it has a start, a middle and an end. The finish line sometimes isn’t where you imagined, but usually you can get there […]
Preparing for pregnancy It always seems a bit bizarre when most of adulthood is spent trying to avoid an unplanned pregnancy, that when caution is thrown to the wind, it doesn’t always automatically result in instant conception! For most couples pregnancy does come along within 12 months, and hopefully with some good fun along the […]
About one in four women will experience at least one miscarriage during their lifetime It is always a shock and associated with grief and a sense of loss. The bleeding and cramps can be heavy and frightening. You should always consult a Doctor if you have bleeding at any stage of pregnancy. We can normally […]