Coping with miscarriage
Sadly, miscarriages are a common occurrence, with one in six pregnancies ending before week 20. This is little consolation when you have lost a baby through miscarriage, and you may want to find out why it occurred and if you can reduce the risk of it happening again.
The vast majority of patients who have experienced a miscarriage will go on to achieve a healthy family, so it’s important to stay positive. However, a small percentage of couples will experience more than one consecutive miscarriage. If you have three or more consecutive early pregnancy losses this is called recurrent miscarriage, and affects about 2% of women trying to have a baby.
What causes a miscarriage?
Some of the causes of miscarriage include:
- Random chromosome abnormalities
- Genetic abnormalities
- Parental chromosome abnormalities
- Uterine abnormalities
- Immune causes
- Blood clotting disorders
- Other medical conditions
- Hormone imbalances
Age is also an important factor. After a woman has turned 43, there is a 50% chance a pregnancy will spontaneously miscarry.
IVFAustralia's miscarriage care program
Our clinicians are specialists in reproductive issues, and have expertise in managing early pregnancy care. This includes a thorough medical assessment and treatment plan for concerns about miscarriage.
IVFAustralia’s Miscarriage Care Program provides support for couples who have experienced the distress of miscarriage, and includes:
- Initial testing to investigate any cause for the miscarriage, particularly if it has happened more than once
- Specialised care during the next pregnancy, including blood tests, hormonal and ultrasound monitoring to provide reassurance throughout the first stages of pregnancy.
Natural Killer Cells
IVFAustralia is also at the forefront of research involving the effect of Natural Killer cells and a woman’s immune therapy on recurrent miscarriage and implantation failure. A/Prof. Gavin Sacks is leading this research within IVFAustralia and is considered an international specialist in this field.
Find out more about Natural Killer cells...
Advanced Embryo Selection
IVFAustralia, as part of the Virtus Health Group of IVF Clinics, and our sister clinic Melbourne IVF, 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.
Recurrent Implantation Failure explained
Recurrent implantation failure (RIF) is the failure to achieve a pregnancy following several cycles of IVF where three good quality embryos have been transferred.
Causes of recurrent implantation failure can include:
- The quality of the sperm and eggs which is important for creating a healthy embryo. Factors including an unhealthy lifestyle and age can affect the quality of sperm and eggs.
- Chromosomal abnormalities in the embryos
- Structural, hormonal or immunological condition of the uterus
IVFAustralia can investigate all of these factors and work with you to discuss possible treatment options if recurrent implantation failure occurs.