Repeated miscarriages are devastating. Still, don’t lose hope, chances are good you can carry to term.
Recurrent pregnancy losses take a toll. However, there’s reason for hope. Even after 3 miscarriages, a woman has a 60–80% chance of conceiving and carrying a pregnancy to term.
When you have multiple miscarriages, we understand you want answers.
Many times, there are reasons why a woman or couple is experiencing recurrent miscarriages. Through testing, we can identify the cause of continued pregnancy losses and start medical treatment or surgery.
Almost 60% of early miscarriages (in the first 3 months of pregnancy) happen because of genetic abnormalities in the embryo or fetus, such as an extra or missing chromosome. Your risk for genetic abnormalities increases at 40 years old.
Though not common, a unique uterus shape due to genetics can lead to miscarriages. More common reasons we also look for: septum (or a band of tissue) that results in a small uterus, fibroids, and benign muscle tumors.
- Lifestyle and environmental
Miscarriages aren’t anyone’s fault. Some things do increase risk and should be avoided: smoking, recreational drugs, excess weight, and high alcohol or caffeine intake.
Untreated medical conditions, like thyroid disease or diabetes, raise your risk of miscarriage. Immune or blood-clotting system disorders (thrombophilia) can too.