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Recurrent Miscarriage Lincoln, NE

Miscarriage can be devastating for the whole family. Recurrent miscarriages are not only disappointing, but may signal an underlying issue.

Getting to the root cause of recurrent miscarriages can help increase your chances of a successful pregnancy.

Our fertility doctors in Lincoln, NE, can use our advanced diagnostic methods to determine the reasons for your recurrent miscarriages.

What Is Recurrent Miscarriage and When Should You Seek Treatment?

Suffering two or more miscarriages before they reach 20 weeks is considered to be recurrent miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss. It is recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) that you seek treatment to determine the cause of your recurrent pregnancy loss after three consecutive miscarriages.

You Can Still Have Your Dream Family Pregnancy After Miscarriage Is Possible

77 Percent of Women Had a Successful Pregnancy after Pregnancy Loss

According to the University of California Los Angeles, 77% of women with no abnormality and 71% with an abnormality were able to conceive after recurrent miscarriages.

Let Us Help You Build Your Family Contact Our Lincoln Reproductive Center

The experience of recurrent pregnancy loss can leave you feeling hopeless and disappointed. Our team of board-certified fertility specialists in Lincoln, NE, can determine the best way to move forward and help to prevent future pregnancy loss.

Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC is a team of experienced fertility doctors dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care with compassion, professionalism, and integrity. Through our advanced tools and treatment options, we can help restore your hope of building a family.

Contact our fertility clinic in Lincoln, NE, to request your consultation.

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The Potential Causes of Recurrent Miscarriage

Our Lincoln fertility specialists can perform several tests to get to the root cause of your pregnancy loss, however, many women show no reason for recurrent miscarriage. Potential reasons for recurrent miscarriage include:

Genetic Issues

Genetic defects in the embryo or fetus can cause early miscarriages. Abnormal chromosomal activity, like one missing or one extra chromosome, can prevent the embryo or fetus from developing into a healthy baby. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), 60% of first-trimester miscarriages are due to chromosome abnormalities.

Anatomical Conditions

Certain anatomical conditions can result in pregnancy loss. An abnormally shaped uterus or a septate uterus, where there is a band of tissue dividing the uterus into two halves, can make the environment too small to grow a baby. Other anatomical conditions like fibroids and benign tumors can also lead to a miscarriage if they develop in or near the uterine cavity.

Medical Conditions

Some untreated medical conditions can increase your risk of miscarriage. Antiphospholipid syndrome (an autoimmune disorder where your antibodies mistakenly attack healthy tissue), thyroid antibodies, diabetes, and thrombophilia (a disorder where your blood easily clots) can increase your risk for miscarriage. Sometimes treating or adjusting the treatment of these conditions can increase your chance of successful pregnancy.

Your Age

As women age, it is typical for their reproductive function and fertility to decline. Aging can lead to more medical conditions that can result in infertility or increase your risks during pregnancy. In addition, as women get older, their risk of miscarriage due to abnormal chromosomal activity increases. According to the ASRM, women under 35 years old have a 10-15% chance of genetic abnormalities while women over 40 have a 50% chance.

Lifestyle Factors

Certain lifestyle factors like smoking and recreational drug use can lead to miscarriage. In addition, your weight can also impact your chances of a successful pregnancy. Being significantly underweight or overweight has been linked with an increased risk of miscarriage and complications during pregnancy. While some environmental factors like excessive stress are not good for your overall health, it has not been directly linked to recurrent miscarriage.

Reproductive Disorders

Certain reproductive disorders like endometriosis, a painful condition where the endometrium (the tissue lining the uterus) grows outside of the uterus, can lead to infertility issues and an increased risk of recurrent pregnancy loss. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is another reproductive disorder that can lead to infertility and increase your risk of complications during pregnancy. 

Our Methods How We Approach Treating Recurrent Miscarriage

When you visit our Lincoln practice for your consultation, one of our fertility specialists will get to know you and your health history to determine where to begin your treatment.
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Medical Evaluation

We start with a medical evaluation. Our doctors can review your family and genetic history and even order genetic testing if necessary. A karyotype, an image of you and your partner's chromosomes arranged in numerical order, could be used to look for any genetic abnormalities.

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Image Screening

Our doctors could perform an ultrasound or hysteroscopy if they think the cause is due to an anatomical defect. An ultrasound can be used to look for fibroids or tumors and to examine your uterus shape. A hysteroscopy allows us to view the inside of the uterus to detect any abnormalities. Sometimes, surgery can remove any polyps or fibroids within the uterus to help treat pregnancy loss.

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Treatment Options

Depending on what our doctors determine as the cause, they can create a customized treatment plan to help you reach your goals and prevent miscarriage. For uterine obstructions like a septate uterus, our doctors can perform corrective surgery to help increase your chance of pregnancy. If genetic factors like chromosomal abnormalities are the cause, we may suggest in vitro fertilization (IVF) to increase your chances of a successful pregnancy. However, many women show no reason for recurrent miscarriages.

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Waiting for Results

Luckily, recurrent miscarriage does not mean you will never become pregnant again. Try to remain positive throughout your treatment, and remember, we can try multiple treatment options to help you achieve your family goals. If IVF or corrective surgery did not result in pregnancy, we can also look into egg donation and surrogacy to help you build your family.

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Ayden Hodge

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I can not give Heartland Reproduction enough praise! We worked with both Dr. Constance and Dr. Weedin and they were equally phenomenal... This was a very uncomfortable (as it likely is for everyone) process to go through, but the staff, nurses and doctors made it comfortable for us every step of the way. They're especially great for LGBTQ+ families as they're a very diverse team themselves... Again, I cannot give this place enough praise.

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Lexi Hilkemeier

2022

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I cannot put into words how amazing the staff is at this clinic. They were on the ball through our entire IVF journey, with insanely fast calls back when it came to my questions, test results or even when I was just afraid and needed reassurance... After nearly an 8 year infertility journey, we decided to go in for IVF, and after our second transfer we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy. He's 7 months old now, and I just am so glad we walked into that clinic.

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Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Stephanie L.F. Gustin, Dr. Elizabeth Constance, and Dr. Elizabeth Weedin are skilled reproductive endocrinologists who offer state-of-the-art fertility treatments. An open and inclusive environment, the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine can address different causes of infertility and help LGBTQ couples build loving families.

Contact our practice online or call us at (402) 717-4200 to schedule a consultation.

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