Experiencing a pregnancy loss can be a devastating event, unfortunately more women and couples experience miscarriage or pregnancy loss than most people realize. Approximately 15- 20% of all pregnancies are lost in a miscarriage; most often early in the first trimester (within the first 13 weeks). The miscarriage rate may be even higher when you consider that not everyone reports that they’ve been pregnant and experienced a loss. Even though the loss rate is so high, we often find that people don’t want to discuss this issue with their family or friends. Seeking help from a professional counselor or psychologist can be very helpful.
Some women may experience two, three or even more miscarriages and start asking themselves, “Why do I keep having this problem?” There are some patients who have no problem with getting pregnant, but indeed have problems staying pregnant. Once you have had two pregnancy losses, you should seek evaluation and treatment from a reproductive endocrinologist. Most pregnancies are lost due to a chromosomal problem within the pregnancy itself that usually has nothing to do with problems within the mom or the dad. However, sometimes there are medical conditions that can increase a woman’s chances for having a miscarriage. These problems can include abnormalities within the shape of the uterus, problems with forming a blood clot against the placenta, a chromosomal problem within mom or dad that is causing a problem within the pregnancies, or other metabolic issues such as diabetes or thyroid abnormalities. All of these can lead to an increased risk of miscarriage. Therefore if you’ve had two pregnancy losses, we strongly recommend that you come see one of our specialists who will guide you through the testing process to make sure that you are at optimal health for your next pregnancy.
We will also review the options of doing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) with pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT) as a way to improve the chances that the next conception will be genetically normal. The good news is that most people, even if they’ve experienced multiple pregnancy losses, have a good prognosis for having a baby with their next pregnancy. Let IRMS help you accomplish this dream and make sure that your next pregnancy is a successful one. Please contact us via our contact form or give us a call at 973.548.9900.
Sarah C. Hessler, MD is a Reproductive Endocrinologist and infertility specialist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Dr. Hessler received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Rutgers University and her medical degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.