The most obvious cause of repeated miscarriages
In this article, I’ll lay out for you everything that can be done to reduce the risk of experiencing the loss and pain of a miscarriage or a stillbirth. Still, it’s important to stress that there’s no 100% guarantee that it can be avoided. There’s no doubt that, for some women, a miscarriage can be prevented if they take all the necessary precautions to reduce the likelihood.
At the same time, there are always statistical exceptions…. those who don’t fall into any of the categories and are just unlucky…. it’s therefore important to stress that you can do everything right and with great caution…. but still miscarry.
We have one goal in mind: to do everything in our power to try to help women who are able to prevent a miscarriage to actually prevent it and the unnecessary suffering that goes along with it.
It’s likely that if I had been given different advice, my story would have had a different ending as well. And that’s exactly why I’m making the effort to write about this subject for you.
So many women go through the experience of repeated miscarriages and find themselves without any guidance, help, or lessons learned for the next pregnancy. Nothing. Some doctors also don’t not take any precautions to prevent the miscarriages in the first place but only deal with putting out fires in hindsight. After the damage has already been done and the embryo is lost, they remember the tests that have to be done to prevent the next loss.
But not in our world. Our goal is to provide you with the minimum knowledge and tools so that you know what to check in advance, to be in control of your own fate, and to guide your next pregnancy towards giving birth to a live child.
You can count on one hand the number of experts in the field or centers that deal with repeated miscarriages and therefore these women find themselves in a state of helplessness and loneliness.
What adds more unjustified pain and suffering to what is already a difficult situation is that, in Israel, repeated miscarriages are treated only after losing three pregnancies.
In my case, after two losses, I took control and did all the necessary tests privately. I didn’t agree to have a third miscarriage in vain. It’s important to find out the reasons for two miscarriages and adjust the treatment accordingly so that a third miscarriage is prevented.
With age, the risk of a woman having a miscarriage increases. There is an increase in risk from the age of 35 upwards and a dramatic increase from the age of 40.
In addition, the more the number of miscarriages, the greater the risk of another miscarriage.
As women get older, other complications also arise, so even if pregnancy does happen, it could become a high-risk pregnancy.
The most obvious causes of repeated miscarriages are chromosomal/genetic disorders in the embryo and sometimes also in the parents. An abnormal karyotype is a common reason for repeated miscarriages. (Karyotyping is a test to examine a set of chromosomes to determine if they are arranged in the correct order.)
Usually, the origin of a chromosomal disorder is a disorder in the development of the egg/sperm.
It’s very important to check the genetics of an embryo that died after a second miscarriage. This test is usually done privately and should be performed at the same time the D&C is done. This test is not cheap but it can save the woman a lot of heartache because the result of the test can verify if there was a chromosomal disorder or not. If a chromosomal disorder is found, there is a good chance that there won’t be another miscarriage. On the other hand, if these tests show that a chromosomal disorder was not found, more comprehensive testing is needed to find the cause of the repeated miscarriages.
These tests include a medical examination, which should include an examination of the woman’s overall medical history and her history during pregnancies, an antibody test, an ultrasound of the uterine structure, blood tests to determine the endocrine (hormonal) aspect and, as already mentioned, karyotype testing of the parents and the embryo.
If the patient experiences miscarriages from an abnormal pregnancy, it can be treated as part of their preliminary genetic screening (PGS). The process includes IVF (the creation of embryos in the laboratory using IVF treatments) and then a single cell of the embryo is checked for chromosomal abnormalities and if it is found to be normal, it is transferred back to the uterus. If it is diagnosed as abnormal, it cannot be transferred and another miscarriage caused by an abnormal embryo is prevented.