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 abnormalities,
- Specific genetic abnormalities,
- Parental chromosome abnormalities (for example translocations),
- Uterine abnormalities,
- 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
Our associate clinic in Sydney, IVF Australia, is at the forefront of research involving the impact of Natural Killer (NK) Cells and a woman’s immune therapy on recurrent miscarriage and implantation failure. Melbourne IVF has expanded this research in collaboration with IVF Australia now providing NK cell testing at Melbourne IVF. If you have repeated miscarriages or failed IVF cycles, consult your fertility specialist to discuss whether NK 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.
Advanced Embryo Selection
The most common reason why IVF is unsuccessful is chromosomal abnormalities in an embryo. So with Advanced Embryo Selection, Melbourne IVF has made a scientific breakthrough. We can now screen all chromosomes in the developing embryo and select the embryo with the greatest likelihood of pregnancy success.
Importantly, Advanced Embryo Selection produces overnight results so your cycle can continue uninterrupted and you can have a fresh embryo transfer. This screening is suited for women who:
- are 38 years and over, or
- have a history of miscarriages, or
- have a hereditary chromosomal condition, or
- have experienced unsuccessful IVF.