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Having a miscarriage at any stage of a pregnancy can be devastating, but having one after another is often a very traumatic experience. 

Our consultants are specialists in recurrent miscarriage, employing an empathetic approach to your treatment so we can help you achieve a successful pregnancy.

What is a recurrent miscarriage?

By definition, three or more miscarriages in a row is known as experiencing ‘recurrent miscarriage’, with the mental and physical impact often making this an extremely difficult and isolating time.

We don’t just accept this is recurrent miscarriage is “something that happens”, we want to understand the reason why you’re experiencing recurrent miscarriage, so we can then help treat you. 

As with a lot of female infertility conditions, there are many causes for recurrent miscarriage. Some of these are:

  • Blood clotting disorders of the immune system, affecting the flow of blood to the placenta and causing clots that prevent the placenta from functioning properly
  • Thyroid problems 
  • Abnormally shaped wombs 
  • Genetic cases where one or more parent can pass on chromosomal abnormalities
  • Cervical weakness
  • Natural killer cells

Diagnosing recurrent miscarriages

We don’t want any of our patients to go through the emotional trauma of baby loss, so we focus on identifying the reason for recurrent miscarriage before our patients even get pregnant, ensuring a path to a successful pregnancy.

Some tests we may suggest include; 

  • Blood tests to identify blood clotting disorders or chromosomal abnormalities
  • Ultrasounds to look at the shape of your womb 
  • Vaginal swabs to check for infection 
  • Natural killer cells, to identify if abnormal levels are causing infertility or miscarriage

Treating recurrent miscarriage

Some treatments for recurrent miscarriage include:

  • If you are diagnosed with antiphospholipid syndrome or thrombophilia, you may be advised to take a low dose of aspirin during your next pregnancy to make your blood less likely to clot
  • Blood tests may identify that prescribing you hormone treatments, such as progesterone during the first trimester of pregnancy, may help support a pregnancy

If you have had a miscarriage between 14 and 24 weeks and have been diagnosed with a weak cervix, you may be offered an operation to put a stitch in your cervix during your next pregnancy at the start of the second trimester.

  • Intralipids if you have been diagnosed with a higher level of natural killer cells 
  • PGT-A genetic testing to identify if your embryos are carrying abnormal chromosomes and will result in a miscarriage

Getting pregnant after recurrent miscarriage

Experiencing baby loss at any stage of the pregnancy can be extremely difficult. Our consultants have extensive experience treating women who have sadly experienced recurrent miscarriage, with the aim to help understand the reason why before you get pregnant, so as to avoid the emotional trauma of baby loss.

They will work with you to identify the cause of your recurrent miscarriage and make recommendations for treatment so you can go on to achieve a successful live birth.

How The Evewell can help

Here at The Evewell, not only are our fertility consultants also gynaecologists, with specialised interests in providing holistic female healthcare, and our embryologists specialists in human genetics, but we are also leading the way in the treatment of recurrent miscarriage.

If you are experiencing recurrent miscarriage, and would like to arrange a consultation, please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

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