Multiple Early Miscarriages

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Treatment For Women Nationwide

What Is Considered An Early Miscarriage?
What Is A Spontaneous Abortion?
What is A Missed Miscarriage / Delayed Miscarriage?
What Causes Early Miscarriage?

What Are The Treatment Options For Early Miscarriage?

What Is Considered An Early Miscarriage?

An early miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion, is the loss of pregnancy during the first 20 weeks of gestation. Miscarriages that occur particularly early are called chemical pregnancies. In cases of multiple early miscarriages, you should be evaluated to determine the cause and pursue a treatment plan to resolve the underlying condition.

What Is A Spontaneous Abortion?

Spontaneous abortion is another term for a miscarriage, which is the natural (not medical or surgical) loss of an embryo or fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy, after which it is called a preterm delivery. Other terms for this, which differ slightly due to the specifics of the occurrence, include:

  • Complete abortion: when all products of conception exit the body.
  • Incomplete abortion: when only some of the products of conception exit the body.
  • Missed abortion: when the embryo or fetus dies but a miscarriage hasn't occurred.
  • Inevitable abortion: when symptoms show an abortion will occur and it cannot be prevented.

If you have suffered from a spontaneous abortion, it is important to seek medical assistance to identify and address the cause of the problem and so increase the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.

What is A Missed Miscarriage / Delayed Miscarriage?

A missed miscarriage, also referred to as a missed abortion, occurs when the embryo or fetus dies within the mother but an actual miscarriage did not occur, and the fetus remained within the mother's body. It is sometimes referred to as a delayed miscarriage or missed miscarriage. As the woman's body continues as if the embryo or fetus is still viable, there are usually no immediate symptoms of a missed abortion. While some symptoms of pregnancy, such as breast tenderness, nausea or fatigue may cease, a missed abortion is usually only detected during an ultrasound when it is discovered there are no fetal heart tones.

This sad and frightening condition affects many women who want to have children, and in some women occurs multiple times, creating even more difficulty in future pregnancies. If you have had multiple miscarriages or missed abortions, it is vital that your condition is evaluated to determine the best course of treatment to resolve the condition.

What Causes Early Miscarriage?

When a woman suffers recurrent miscarriages, there are many possible physical causes and identifying the exact condition that led to the series of early miscarriages and pursuing a treatment for that condition should be undertaken at once. Thorough testing is invaluable, as it can identify the actual issue needing attention and from there, an effective treatment program can be devised.

Some causes of miscarriage include:

  • Chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo;
  • PCOS and other endocrine problems such as low progesterone levels;
  • Certain bacterial or viral infections;
  • Systemic illness;
  • Autoimmune disease;
  • Other immune issues;
  • Blood clotting issues (thrombophilia);
  • Exposure to environmental toxins;
  • Emotional and physical stress; and
  • Substance abuse

The mother's body may not allow the pregnancy to continue as the embryo contains defects, which will prevent it from developing into a healthy baby. There may also be immune defects which cause the body to attack the embryo even when the embryo is apparently normal. Sometimes the body is not capable of supporting the embryo and if this is the case, a treatment plan can be devised, targeting the specific condition that led to the failed pregnancy. The issues responsible for the multiple early miscarriages may have their genesis in the mother or the father, they may be chance defects within the embryo, or environmental factors may be to blame. It is important to remember that in very few cases a miscarriage is a result of something the parents did.

What Are The Treatment Options For Early Miscarriage?

After an early miscarriage has occurred, a woman's body will sometimes need assistance clearing the uterus. In such cases, medical treatment is necessary. There are several treatment methods available for early miscarriage, including:

  • Dilation and Curettage – Dilating the cervix and scraping the remaining tissue from the lining of the uterus with a curette.
  • Vacuum Aspiration – Sucking the remaining tissue from the uterus with a mechanical pump.
  • Medical Management – Giving the woman a medication that causes contractions in the uterus. Most women on this medication pass the pregnancy within 24 hours of first taking it. If miscarriage does not occur, surgical treatment may become necessary.

Contact Braverman IVF & Reproductive Immunology
If You've Had Multiple Early Miscarriages

Dr. Braverman and our entire team are dedicated to doing all we can to help you move past this difficult time and experience the joy of a successful pregnancy. With over 20 years of experience, we consistently maintain one of the highest success rates in New York and will endeavor to continue that success with you.

When you work with Braverman IVF & Reproductive Immunology, you will receive thorough attention aimed at helping you to achieve your goals with your family. We will never treat you like just another case but will work personally with you to examine your circumstances and run all the necessary tests to find the real underlying cause of your multiple early miscarriages.

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