- 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.
Most patients who experience miscarriage will go on to have a baby, so it is important to stay positive. A small percentage of couples will experience more than one miscarriage. About 2% of women experience two or more consecutive early pregnancy losses. This is called recurrent miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss.
- What causes a miscarriage?
Some of the causes of miscarriage include:
- Random chromosome variations,
- Specific genetic variations,
- Parental chromosome variations (for example translocations),
- Uterine variations,
- Immune disorders,
- Hormone imbalances,
- Other medical conditions.
Female age is also an important factor. After the age of 43, there is a 50% chance of miscarriage.
- Natural killer cells research at Melbourne IVF
Melbourne IVF offers Natural killer Cell testing but is still under investigation. Natural killer cell testing can be done from a blood sample and while treatments are still undergoing research, they may include progesterone, clexane and prednisone.
If you have repeated miscarriages or failed IVF cycles, consult your fertility specialist to discuss whether Natural killer cell testing is appropriate for you.
Your fertility specialist can discuss appropriate arrangements for testing with you at this time.
- Early pregnancy care at Melbourne IVF
Our fertility specialists are experts in reproductive issues, including early pregnancy care.
The Melbourne IVF Miscarriage Care Program provides support for couples who have experienced the distress of miscarriage, and includes:
- Testing to investigate possible causes of miscarriage,
- Specialised care during the next pregnancy, including blood tests, and hormonal and ultrasound monitoring to provide reassurance throughout the first stages of pregnancy.
- Embryo screening (or PGT-A)
The most common reason why IVF is unsuccessful is chromosomal variations (aneuploidy) in an embryo. So with PGT-A Melbourne IVF utilises the most up to date science. We can screen all chromosomes in the developing embryo and select the embryo with the greatest likelihood of pregnancy success.
Your fertility specialist will guide you if PGT-A testing of embryos is suited to your case.