Miscarriages can be devastating, leaving couples feeling confused and hopeless about their future.
At Heartland Center for Reproduction in Omaha, NE, we understand how frustrating miscarriages can be, especially if they are recurrent.
Our fertility specialists can determine the underlying cause of your recurrent miscarriages and provide compassionate, dedicated care...
Contact Heartland Center for Reproduction for Your Initial Consultation
Recurrent miscarriages can be painful and disappointing. But with the help of our knowledgeable fertility specialists, you can overcome your individual infertility issues and take the first steps towards parenthood. When you visit our center, you can expect:
- Compassionate service
- Undivided attention
- World-class care
Heartland Center for Reproduction in Omaha, NE, is equipped with the tools and treatment options to help you move past the trauma of miscarriage and grow your family. For more information, request a consultation online or call our practice:
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Our family is beyond thankful for everything Heartland has done for us over the last 9 months. They have been such a blessing to us! Without them, we’d have likely given up on the dream of growing our family. We always felt heard, known, and always received the most thorough explanation of any and all treatments, lab work, and scans. We felt very involved every step of the way. The positivity that radiates in this office cannot be beat. We’re so glad that we’ve trusted Dr. Gustin and her team to steer us in the right direction.View on Google
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Miscarriages & Recurrent Pregnancy Loss:
When Should You Consult with a Doctor?
Many women are hesitant to speak about miscarriages, but they are devastatingly common. According to the American Pregnancy Association, "10-25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage."
A miscarriage is any pregnancy that involuntarily ends on its own during the first 20 weeks. When a woman suffers two or more involuntary pregnancy losses before they reach 20 weeks, it is called a recurrent miscarriage. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), one percent of women will suffer recurrent pregnancy losses in their lifetime.
The ACOG recommends scheduling an evaluation after three recurrent miscarriages to determine the underlying cause.
What Causes Recurrent Miscarriages?
Abnormal Chromosomal Activity
The most common cause of miscarriages is abnormal chromosomal activity during fertilization. This can happen randomly, although there is an increased risk that comes with age.
Physiological ConditionsCertain physiological conditions can lead to recurrent pregnancy loss. For example, a septate uterus divided in two by a wall of tissue can create an inhospitable environment for the embryo. Another condition known as Asherman Syndrome can lead to scarring in the uterus and rejection of the embryo before a woman even realizes she is pregnant. Other physical conditions including fibroids and polyps have also been linked to recurrent miscarriages. These abnormalities can limit blood supply to the pregnancy or cause dangerous inflammation.
Preexisting Medical ConditionsAccording to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, autoimmune disorders can increase the risk of complications and failed pregnancy. Additionally, thyroid disease and diabetes have been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage.
AgingAs you age, your reproductive function and fertility also decrease. This can lead to decreased egg quality and medical conditions that can place your pregnancy at risk.
Polycystic Ovarian SyndromePolycystic ovarian syndrome, also known as PCOS, can disrupt your menstrual cycle and ovarian function. Although women with PCOS can still become pregnant, the condition can make it more difficult.
Endometriosis is a very common disorder that causes immense discomfort and has been linked to infertility. Research has found that 25 to 50 percent of infertile women have endometriosis.
Don't Lose Hope: Pregnancy after Miscarriage Is Possible
According to the University of California Los Angeles, the chance of a successful pregnancy even after pregnancy loss is approximately 77 percent for women who did not have any abnormalities during testing and 71 percent for those who did.
What to Expect as a Patient at Our Clinic
If you have suffered three or more miscarriages, it is recommended that you visit a doctor. Our Omaha, NE, team can conduct testing to determine the cause of your recurrent pregnancy loss or provide treatment that helps you increase your chances of pregnancy. Our doctors can administer a medical evaluation, review your family history and genetic history, perform a pelvic exam, or order genetic testing to determine whether a specific condition is causing your recurrent miscarriages. Karyotypes may be performed for both the mother and father to determine whether genetic abnormalities are causing miscarriage.
Our evaluation may also include an ultrasound or hysteroscopy, which helps our doctors evaluate the health of your uterus and uterine cavity. In most cases, we will begin with an ultrasound to evaluate the shape of the uterus and detect abnormalities such as fibroids. We may use hysteroscopy to view the inside of the uterus (the uterine cavity) and identify polyps, fibroids, uterine septums, or other abnormalities that could be causing recurrent issues. During a hysteroscopy, we can also perform minor surgical treatment to remove these abnormalities.
If a specific cause is found, we can provide treatment to increase your chances of a successful pregnancy. However, it is important to note that many women show no cause for recurrent pregnancy loss. Depending on your diagnosis, our doctors can help design a treatment customized to your condition and goals. If chromosomal errors are to blame for pregnancy loss, we may recommend in vitro fertilization (IVF) with genetic testing. If physical obstructions such as a septate uterus or endometriosis are diagnosed, we may be able to perform corrective surgery to help you become pregnant.
It is important to remain patient and optimistic throughout the process, as recurrent miscarriages do not mean that you can never become pregnant. According to a study released by the University of California Los Angeles, the chance of a successful pregnancy even after pregnancy loss is approximately 77 percent for women who did not have any abnormalities during testing. If we are unable to achieve pregnancy through IVF or other ART procedures, we can explore additional options including egg donation and surrogacy.
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