A blog by Joseph A. Hill, III, MD, Fertility Centers of New England
Sometimes, a woman’s uterus has physical differences that may reduce her chances of a successful pregnancy and increase the chance of miscarriage. These potential anatomical causes of recurrent pregnancy loss can be divided into either:
- congenital anomalies, meaning a woman is born with them, or
- acquired anomalies, meaning a woman was not born with them and has acquired them since birth.
Anatomical anomalies are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, which is why they are labeled as potential causes of pregnancy loss. Being associated with pregnancy loss does not necessarily mean they cause pregnancy loss; however, these anomalies should not be summarily dismissed as being unimportant.