Having a miscarriage can be a very devastating experience for both you and your partner. Having multiple miscarriages can be extremely traumatic and may make you feel as though you’ll never have a baby.
If you’ve had multiple miscarriages it’s a good indication that it’s time for you to see a fertility specialist.
Having more than one miscarriage is a sign that there are underlying issues that need to be addressed before you try to get pregnant again.
What do Multiple Miscarriages Mean?
While it’s not uncommon for women to have one miscarriage, very few will have more than one. Statistics show that only about one percent of women will have three or more consecutive miscarriages.
Most doctors won’t schedule any tests until a woman has had three miscarriages. This means a lot of heartbreak and anxiety before any causes of miscarriage will even be considered.
If you’ve had a second miscarriage and your current doctor refuses to refer you for infertility testing, it might be time to find a new doctor.
Abnormal Chromosomes Can be Causing Your Miscarriage
At least half of all miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities either with the number of chromosomes in the fetus or in the genetic substance within the chromosomes.
It’s important that you and your partner see a genetic specialist and are tested for chromosomal problems. It is believed that 50 to 60 percent of those miscarriages that happen in the first trimester are due to abnormal chromosomes.
Hormones Can Cause Miscarriage
Hormones that aren’t in balance can cause a miscarriage. For instance, if the endometrial lining of your uterus isn’t thick enough, the fertilized egg won’t be able to be implanted. This can lead to miscarriage.
The progesterone hormone is necessary for the fertilized egg to be implanted. As well, women with other hormone disorders are also at risk for miscarriage.
Disorders that can cause hormonal imbalance include adrenal and thyroid disorders, and diabetes.
Your Healthy Uterus and Fertility
In order for you to have a successful pregnancy, your uterus needs to be healthy. Any uterine deformities in shape or size will make it difficult for your body to sustain a pregnancy.
Some of the more common uterine abnormalities are a double uterus and a uterus with a septate (a wall dividing the uterus).
As well, if there are any fibroids or other growths in the uterus, your chances of miscarrying are increased.
Uterine problems can interfere not only with adequate blood supply to the baby but can also restrict the room the baby has to grow.
The good news is that many uterine problems can be solved by surgery before you decide to conceive again.
Other Factors of Multiple Miscarriages
There are several other factors that can cause you to miscarry.
- Age. Women over the age of 35 are more at risk for miscarriage.
- A weak cervix can cause you to miscarry as the baby grows and gains weight.
- Medical conditions. If you have certain medical issues, your body may not be able to sustain a pregnancy. This can include heart disease, kidney disease, and high blood pressure.
- Some infections (such as German measles, Chlamydia, and herpes) can cause problems to your reproductive system.
- Exposure to harmful toxins can increase your chance of miscarriage.
Accessing your risk factors for miscarriage is one way that you and your doctor can determine not only the cause but what you need to do to improve your chances of carrying a pregnancy to term.
Miscarriage and Feelings of Loss
Having a miscarriage can leave you feeling sad and lost. You’ll go through a time of grieving that needs to be acknowledged by you, your partner, and other family members.
Let yourself feel this grief. It’s alright to feel depressed and angry. It’s important that you talk to your partner about your feelings. As well, talk to your doctor about it and when you can get pregnant again.
The reality is that some women won’t be able to safely carry a baby to full-term. If this is you, there are other options you can consider, such as artificial insemination, IVF, or using a surrogate.
Is there Pregnancy after Miscarriage?
If you’ve had multiple miscarriages it’s imperative that you seek the advice of a fertility specialist. Through testing, your doctor will be able to determine if it’s safe for you to get pregnant again.
Your doctor may also be able to determine what your chances are of not having a recurrent miscarriage. Many women go on to have a normal and healthy pregnancy after two or more miscarriages.
Don’t give up hope until you’ve been tested and have worked with a fertility specialist to find out the underlying cause behind your miscarriages.
If a natural pregnancy is not an option and you and your partner are still anxious to have another baby, it’s time to consult with an infertility clinic to find out what your next step is.