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Treating Recurrent Miscarriage
Recurrent miscarriage or pregnancy loss is defined as the loss of two or more pregnancies each up to 20 weeks gestation. These losses occur most commonly during the first trimester. There are many possible reasons for recurrent pregnancy loss; however a specific cause is not identified in approximately 50% of cases. "While recurrent miscarriages can be emotionally devastating, there is still a great deal of hope for many couples," says Dr. Daniel E. Stein, Director of RMA of New York’s Westside office.
According to Stein, along with maternal age, the most common causes of recurrent loss include:
- Chromosomal abnormalities in one or both of the parents
- Anatomic abnormalities of the uterus
- Cervical incompetence
- Blood clotting disorders
- Endocrine (hormonal) disorders (e.g. thyroid disease and diabetes)
- Stress and environmental factors
- Autoimmune factors
- Systemic diseases (e.g. Lupus)
The chances of a future successful pregnancy can be as high as 60% depending upon the number of prior pregnancy losses and the cause(s) of these losses. Effective treatments are available for many couples experiencing recurrent miscarriages. With proper prenatal care, diagnosis, treatment and pregnancy support, the potential for building a family remains high.
For more information, read Dr. Stein's blog on recurrent miscarriage.