Recurring Miscarriages

Miscarriages are very common.  In fact, one out of every four pregnancies end in miscarriage.  Most miscarriages (about 60%) occur randomly when an embryo receives an abnormal number of chromosomes during fertilization. This type of genetic problem happens by chance; there is no medical condition that causes it. However, it becomes more common in women of increased reproductive age.

Recurring Miscarriages

Miscarriages are very common.  In fact, one out of every four pregnancies end in miscarriage.  Most miscarriages (about 60%) occur randomly when an embryo receives an abnormal number of chromosomes during fertilization. This type of genetic problem happens by chance; there is no medical condition that causes it. However, it becomes more common in women of increased reproductive age.

Recurrent pregnancy loss is defined as having two or more miscarriages. After three repeated miscarriages, a thorough physical exam and testing are recommended.  The evaluation often discovers a treatable condition and can help the couple have a successful next pregnanchy.  In 40% of women with repeated miscarriages, no cause can be found for the pregnancy loss. There may be clues about what the problem is, but there is sometimes no sure answer.

Frequently Asked Questions

To help find the cause of repeated miscarriages, we obtain from you a complete medical history and history of past pregnancies. A complete physical exam, including a pelvic exam, may be done. You may have blood tests to detect problems with the immune system. Testing may be done to help detect genetic causes of repeated miscarriages. Imaging tests may be considered to find out if a uterine problem is causing repeated miscarriages.

Use of a medication that prevents blood clots, such as heparin or low-dose aspirin, may be prescribed throughout pregnancy and for a few weeks afterward. This treatment can increase the rates of successful pregnancy in women with this condition.

About 65% of women with unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss have a successful next pregnancy.

Frequently Asked Questions

To help find the cause of repeated miscarriages, we obtain from you a complete medical history and history of past pregnancies. A complete physical exam, including a pelvic exam, may be done. You may have blood tests to detect problems with the immune system. Testing may be done to help detect genetic causes of repeated miscarriages. Imaging tests may be considered to find out if a uterine problem is causing repeated miscarriages.

Use of a medication that prevents blood clots, such as heparin or low-dose aspirin, may be prescribed throughout pregnancy and for a few weeks afterward. This treatment can increase the rates of successful pregnancy in women with this condition.

About 65% of women with unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss have a successful next pregnancy.

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