Most Common Causes of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

It can be heartbreaking to lose a pregnancy. But it’s even more devastating to experience recurrent pregnancy losses. You get your hopes up each time, only to have them dashed when you face yet another loss.

Finding the root cause of recurrent pregnancy loss is an important step in figuring out how to solve the problem. Recurrent pregnancy losses are those that occur before 20 weeks of pregnancy and have happened three or more times. You need a compassionate and knowledgeable doctor to help you through this process. Dr. Andrew L. Leucopolis offers this guide to the most common causes of recurrent pregnancy loss.

Genetic factors

Genetic factors are among the top reasons for recurrent pregnancy loss. These can include one or more abnormal chromosomes in the fetus. The abnormal chromosomes can come from the mother, father, or both. 

Unfortunately, some chromosome abnormalities are more likely to occur as we get older as well. Egg quality, in particular, tends to decline as women get older, making abnormal chromosomes more likely to affect the pregnancy.

Uterine abnormalities

Some women have a uterus that is not well-suited for carrying pregnancies to term. These may include a divided, or septate, uterus. A septate uterus does not get adequate blood flow, which is necessary to nourish a developing baby.

Uterine adhesions, such as with endometriosis or Asherman’s syndrome, can also make it difficult for a developing pregnancy to continue. Like a septate uterus, uterine adhesions can limit adequate blood flow enough to support a pregnancy.

Endocrine issues

Other health conditions can also cause recurrent pregnancy loss. Among the most common endocrine issues that can cause recurrent pregnancy loss include the following:

Many of these endocrine issues can be treated with medication. However, it’s not certain that treatment will resolve recurrent pregnancy losses.

Blood disorders

Certain types of blood disorders in the mother can be related to recurrent pregnancy loss. Clotting disorders can make your body unable to carry a pregnancy to full term.

Most cases of clotting disorders that can contribute to recurrent pregnancy losses are called antiphospholipid syndrome. In this autoimmune syndrome, your body makes antibodies to the pregnancy, treating it as though it’s a foreign invader.

What to do about recurrent pregnancy loss

If you have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss, it’s important to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Leucopolis as soon as possible. The first step is to try to identify the causes of your recurrent losses. 

When the correct reason for your recurrent pregnancy losses is identified, as many as 65% of couples can achieve a healthy, full-term pregnancy. The possibilities we can explore include genetic counseling, preimplantation genetic diagnosis of the embryo, and in vitro fertilization. Many of the medical conditions contributing to pregnancy loss can be successfully treated with medications as well.

Other options are available beyond what is listed above if none of those solutions work for you. There’s always a reason for hope if you have been experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss and want to find the cause. Call Dr. Leucopolis to schedule an appointment at his Upper East Side office at 917-512-8301 or request an appointment online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

A Beginner's Guide to IVF

Have you experienced trouble conceiving a child? IVF is a revolutionary option for couples who failed to conceive in other ways, or for single people who want to be parents. Understanding IVF basics can help you make an informed decision.

How Does PCOS Affect Fertility?

Irregular periods, unwanted hair, and acne are just a few signs of your polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). But what if you want to get pregnant? Find out how PCOS affects your chances of conceiving.

Infertility Treatment Options for Women Over 40

Nearly 20% of American women aren’t having their first baby until after they turn 35, and approximately one-third of these women experience fertility problems. But, the right fertility treatment can increase your chances of getting pregnant.

5 Tips for Managing Stress of IVF Treatment

While in vitro fertilization (IVF) can help you feel more optimistic about starting a family, the treatment itself can be emotionally and physically demanding. Minimize the stress of IVF with these helpful strategies.

5 Tips for Choosing Your Egg Donation Specialist

Choosing a specialist for egg donation and other fertility treatments can be overwhelming. How do you know you’ll make the right choice? Use these five tips to take the stress out of selecting the best doctor for you.