If I had to choose an area of fertility medicine that I am most passionate about, it’s working with pregnancy loss. I’m challenged by each of my unique patients, the vast possibilities, and the ever-changing research. There’s just so much that we don’t know about what it takes to carry a baby to term. If you’re working with a fertility clinic you’ll notice there’s a whole lot of observation during the first two weeks of your cycle, and once you’ve ovulated (or post embryo transfer) there’s not much monitoring after that! Rest assured, this article isn’t about what we don’t know but rather what we do! Fifty percent of miscarriages may not have an identifiable cause, but that means 50% of them do.
Let’s go over the stats here for a moment.
Recurrent miscarriage is considered two or more consecutive miscarriages, however diagnosis and treatment is often not suggested until three consecutive miscarriages have occurred. Not because you should have to suffer, or because your doctor doesn’t care, but because there’s a 15-25% chance of any pregnancy ending in miscarriage. The most common cause of miscarriage is fetal chromosome abnormality, which is about 60% of the time.
While we’re going over the terminology, a “chemical pregnancy” is considered a miscarriage before 5 weeks, however I still consider it a miscarriage.
Factors to consider in miscarriage:
Factors NOT to consider in miscarriage:
In my practice I don’t wait the “3-loss” rule to begin treatment and diagnosis, if you’ve experienced a loss and you want support, you deserve that support right away.
Top 10 Most Common Causes of Miscarriage
The majority of the list can be diagnosed with blood work or imaging. The entirety of the list can be treated!
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About the Author
Dr Caleigh Sumner is a Naturopathic Doctor
at the Toronto Reproductive Acupuncture Clinic.
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