Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic
Miscarriage is becoming a common unwelcome problem for pregnant women and in recent years miscarriage rates have increased as more women try to conceive later in life and as more patients undergo IVF treatment. Miscarriage affects around 25% of all pregnancies, whilst recurrent miscarriage occurs in 15% of pregnancies in the first 12 weeks. 21% of IVF pregnancies will miscarry, and women around 40 years of age will experience almost 50% pregnancy loss with IVF alone.
One of the most common symptoms of miscarriage is vaginal bleeding. This can vary from light spotting to bleeding that is heavier than your period. You may also see blood clots, a brown discharge, or other tissue that isn’t clearly identifiable.
Cramping and pain in your pelvis or back is another common symptom of miscarriage. You may find that the usual symptoms of pregnancy, such as breast tenderness, feeling sick and having to pass urine more frequently than usual, stop unexpectedly.
Occassionally though there are no symptoms and your miscarriage may only be discovered in a routine scan.
If you have vaginal bleeding at any time during pregnancy, you should contact expert advice immediately for advice.
Causes of Miscarriage
A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy up to the 20th week of gestation. Suffering a miscarriage can be extremely upsetting for both partners. Having more than one miscarriage can be devastating as well as emotionally taxing and challenging, while multiple miscarriages or recurrent miscarriage may signify a potential fertility problem. However with the correct diagnosis and with proper care it is possible to conceive and to carry a baby to full term successfully.
A miscarriage or pregnancy loss is not “just bad luck” or “God’s will”. According to the late Alan Beer MD, there are five categories of immune problem that cause reproductive failure, and with the appropriate treatment they can be overcome. For some clinics this is still a slightly controversial area of medicine because there is a lack of substantial good quality evidence or research to support it.
Causes of recurrent miscarriage include: environmental factors, infection, blood group of the parents, chromosomal anomalies, structural reasons, hormonal causes, and last but not least the immunological causes.
Miscarriage Treatment at the Natural Health and Fertility Clinic
Medical management will vary depending on the cause of miscarriage, but the investigations may include blood tests to see if there are hormonal imbalances, blood clotting factors will be checked, chromosome tests for both partners and a full infection screen will be carried out.
On a more holistic approach, an integrated recurrent miscarriage programme will not only look at the medical aspect of miscarriage, but also the lifestyle, diet and emotional wellbeing of both partners. Good preparation in pre-conception care paying particular emphasis to diet as well as therapies such as acupuncture to reduce stress and improve blood flow, and emotional support through hypnotherapy and counselling will improve the chance of a healthy pregnancy. It takes 3 months for the egg and sperm to develop and so it is important that you allow yourselves this time to prepare for pregnancy.