Miscarriages are more common than you think
If you have had the sad experience of losing a baby through miscarriage, you are by no means the only one. It will be little consolation, but as many as one in six pregnancies end before week 20. Naturally, you will want to find out why your miscarriage happened, and how you can reduce the risk of another one.
The main thing to remember is that vast majority of those who experience a miscarriage go on to achieve a healthy pregnancy. So there’s always hope, and it’s important to stay positive. A small number of couples do, however, experience more than one consecutive miscarriage. Some may have three or more, and this is called recurrent miscarriage. It affects around 2% of women trying to conceive.
What can cause a miscarriage?
Miscarriage can be due to a variety of factors, including:
- Genetic abnormalities
- Immune system problems
- Random chromosome abnormalities
- Parental chromosome abnormalities
- Uterine abnormalities
- Blood clotting disorders
- Hormone imbalances
- Other medical conditions
Age is also an important factor. After a woman has turned 43, there is a 50% chance a pregnancy will miscarry spontaneously.
Early Pregnancy Care at Hunter IVF
Our doctors are experts in managing early pregnancy care. This includes a thorough medical assessment and treatment plan for concerns about miscarriage.
Hunter IVF’s Miscarriage Care Program provides support for couples who have experienced the distress of miscarriage, and includes:
- initial testing to find out what caused the miscarriage, particularly if it has happened more than once
- specialised care during the next pregnancy, including blood tests, and hormonal and ultrasound monitoring to provide extra reassurance throughout the crucial early stages.
Contact us for more information about miscarriage.
Advanced Embryo Selection
Hunter IVF, as part of the IVFAustralia group, has been involved in a scientific breakthrough with the world’s fastest and most precise embryo selection test.
By screening all chromosomes in a developing embryo we can select the embryo with the greatest chance of success. This can address some of the key causes of miscarriage, and give some certainty to couples who have experienced recurrent miscarriage.
Find out more about Advanced Embryo Selection
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