How IVF can help after repeated miscarriages
Experiencing a miscarriage is brutal and difficult, for both you and your partner. But to experience recurring miscarriages can make you feel like you’ll never be able to start or grow your family.
After facing a recurrent miscarriage, the first thing you’ll want to do is spend time with your partner and family, then speak to a counsellor for advice. But once you feel ready to try again, there is a fertility treatment that could help.
Read on to find out more about recurrent miscarriage, why it occurs and what treatment could support you.
What is a recurrent miscarriage?
Recurrent miscarriage is defined as three or more consecutive spontaneous pregnancy losses of less than 24 weeks of gestation. This can take place whether you’ve had any healthy pregnancies or not.
Unfortunately, about one in 100 women experience recurrent miscarriage, but this doesn’t mean that there is no possibility of going on to have a healthy baby.
Why do recurrent miscarriages occur?
The cause can sometimes be due to autoimmune disorders, uterine abnormalities or chromosomal problems – which can account for between two and five per cent of recurrent miscarriages. It could also be due to a menses problem, such as a lack of ovulation or other disorders of the menstrual cycle.
However, in some cases, recurrent miscarriage can occur for unexplained reasons. You should always undergo testing once you’ve spoken to your doctor and confirmed that there is a problem. Once the tests have been carried out, you can determine whether this occurred due to an issue or abnormality, or whether this was a succession of random events.
Can you be treated?
In some cases, when the cause of the recurrent miscarriage is due to a genetic abnormality, there is no cure. If you’re facing gynaecological problems, an unexplained event, or a menses problem, fertility treatments such as IVF, could support you to start or extend your family.
Whilst it is not a cure for infertility, the IVF process can overcome issues that obstruct natural conception and help people who can’t conceive naturally to have a baby.
The IVF process involves retrieving eggs from a woman’s ovaries and mixing them with sperm from either her partner or a donor to fertilise naturally in a laboratory setting.
Once an embryo is created, it is then placed back into the womb to develop as a normal pregnancy.
This procedure can support women who have experienced recurrent miscarriage, as the fertilisation process is much more of a guarantee. You can even use intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to ensure an embryo is created, as this takes the IVF process one step further by physically injecting the egg with sperm, so the fertilisation rates increase dramatically.
How do I start the IVF process?
Once you’ve spoken to your doctor and undergone tests to determine the cause of your recurrent miscarriage, discuss the success of IVF in your personal case.
If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, you should thoroughly research expert consultants and fertility centres. Once you’ve decided with centre is right for you, you should get in touch to arrange a consultation to discuss your medical history and treatment tailored to you.