Multiple Miscarriages and Fertility Testing

A miscarriage can be a rather difficult time for a couple. It’s actually estimated that around 20 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, although many of those actually occur in the very early stages before the pregnancy is known. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to identify a cause for a miscarriage, and researchers haven’t really nailed down the primary causes.

Having multiple miscarriages can be even more frustrating and devastating. For some couples, fertility testing after you’ve had multiple miscarriages can help to figure out what’s causing that repeated loss of pregnancies. Generally speaking, once you’ve had three miscarriages it can be reasonable to see a doctor about the problem.

There are a few different techniques that your fertility doctor might decide to use in order to try to figure out why you keep having multiple miscarriages. In some instances, the issue may be that there’s a problem with how your blood clots. This keeps blood from flowing correctly to the fetus, which then of course leads to miscarriage.

Another possible cause of multiple miscarriages is a structural problem with the uterus. If the uterus has a significant amount of scar tissue, or if it’s abnormally small, it can interfere with pregnancy and cause multiple miscarriages.

Hormonal issues, such as a hormonal imbalance, can be to blame for multiple miscarriages. Conditions that cause the hormonal issues, such as PCOS, can also contribute to miscarriage.

Genetic abnormalities are another possible cause for miscarriage. However, this isn’t usually a cause for multiple miscarriages, and it’s likely that this kind of problem isn’t to blame in your case.

The good news for women who experience multiple miscarriages is that there may be hope. Depending on the nature of the problem, your health care provider might be able to do some things to increase your chances of carrying your baby to term. For example, hormone therapy can sometimes help with hormonal imbalances that cause multiple miscarriages. There are certain medications that can help with blood flow and clotting, too. Even if you have significant uterine scarring, surgery may be able to help. Talk to your doctor today to see what your options might be.