Losing a pregnancy can be devastating, especially if it happens multiple times. If you experience recurrent pregnancy loss, Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, an expert in infertility and reproductive medicine, can help. If you’ve experienced recurrent pregnancy loss, call his office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City to learn more about your options, or you can book an appointment online.
A pregnancy that ends involuntarily before 20 weeks is considered a loss. The pregnancy must have been clinically recognized, meaning it was seen on an ultrasound or pregnancy tissue was identified following the loss. If you experience a pregnancy loss two or more times, it may be diagnosed as a recurrent problem that warrants medical intervention.
About 1% of women experience recurrent pregnancy loss. It may happen due to problems with the egg, sperm, or the early development of the embryo. As a woman ages, she is at a greater risk of pregnancy loss, or miscarriage, due to compromised egg quality. Chromosomal abnormalities in eggs or the developing embryo often result in a miscarriage.
In some cases, a woman may have irregularities in her uterus and it’s unable to provide an optimal blood supply to a growing fetus, or it’s inflamed and unable to support a baby.
Some women have hormonal abnormalities that can cause pregnancy loss, including thyroid problems, polycystic ovary syndrome, and diabetes. A woman who has issues with blood clotting may also be subject to recurrent pregnancy loss. This is known as antiphospholipid syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that blocks the natural process of blood clotting.
Dr. Loucopoulos does his best to identify and treat the underlying cause of recurrent pregnancy loss. In the vast majority of women — approximately 65% — a successful pregnancy is possible even after experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss.
Genetic counseling, in vitro fertilization, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis may be possible steps to overcome recurrent pregnancy loss. If a hormonal or other medical issue is the cause, medications may help. In some cases, uterine abnormalities may be corrected with surgery.
But in 50-75% of cases of recurrent pregnancy loss, a reason for the problem is not identified. In these cases, Dr. Loucopoulos can help you decide what is the best course of treatment.
To learn more about dealing with recurrent pregnancy loss, call the office of Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, or book an appointment online.