New York Fertility Services offers hope, treatment options for the causes of recurrent miscarriage
Approximately 1 in 8 couples will experience infertility. Though many will struggle to conceive, some couples will deal with recurrent miscarriage. Defined as the loss of three or more pregnancies, recurrent miscarriage often leaves patients feeling disheartened and frustrated about their situations. Dr. Joel Batzofin will complete a full evaluation to identify the cause of pregnancy loss so that you can have the child that you desire.
The basics of pregnancy loss
Roughly 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, usually in the first trimester. Typically, these losses occur because of abnormal fetal development. When a woman experiences three or more miscarriages, Dr. Batzofin will want to evaluate the patient to look for other factors that may be contributing to pregnancy loss.
Common causes of recurrent miscarriage
To determine the causes of recurrent miscarriage, Dr. Batzofin will review your medical history and conduct a thorough physical exam. Recurrent miscarriage can stem from a variety of factors, including:
Physical abnormalities. Congenital defects in the uterus, scar tissue and/or endometriosis can make it difficult for a pregnancy to grow and develop to full term.
Hormonal imbalances. To maintain a pregnancy, your body must produce the right level of hormones, including progesterone to prime the uterine lining. As well, conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can increase the levels of male hormone in your body, negatively impacting pregnancy.
Maternal age. Although men continue to generate new sperm on a regular basis, women are born with all the eggs they will ever produce. At puberty, these eggs mature and a finite number remain viable. With age, a woman’s eggs decrease in quality and quantity, which can contribute to recurrent miscarriage. After age 35, the risk of miscarriage substantially increases.
Certain medical conditions. If you have diabetes, thyroid issues or other chronic conditions, you may have difficulty carrying a pregnancy term.
Autoimmune disorders. Our bodies produce antibodies to ward off infection. Sometimes, the immune system goes into overdrive and begins to fight off the developing pregnancy as if it were an infection or foreign matter.
Determining the causes of recurrent miscarriage
After Dr. Batzofin has evaluated your case and performed the necessary fertility testing, your physician will schedule a consultation to discuss the results. Then, your doctor will work with you to determine the best course of treatment, including progesterone support, aspirin/heparin therapy or minimally invasive fertility surgery. The team at New York Fertility Services will support you in your efforts to carry a successful pregnancy to term.
Visit New York Fertility Services to achieve parenthood
Recurrent miscarriage can create heartbreak for couples trying to conceive a child. Dr. Batzofin and his clinical team provide top-notch fertility services to identify and treat common causes of recurrent pregnancy loss. Call our office today to schedule a consultation appointment.