Have you had multiple miscarriages or failed IVF treatments?
One in six pregnancies can miscarry and 1% of women can experience three or more miscarriages. It is understandably an emotionally devastating experience for patients.
It is also frustrating for clinicians because there are only a very few proven and effective available interventions to deal with repeated miscarriages. The common causes for a miscarriage can be:
- genetic abnormalities of embryos
- autoimmune conditions
- certain medical disorders
- or womb abnormalities.
We provide a comprehensive range of investigations that check the blood and semen for a range of factors. Those factors can be
- genetic abnormalities
- immune conditions
- reproductive immunology
- predisposition to abnormal clotting
- and other possible causes.
We recommend testing male partners too for any potential causes that might be contributing to miscarriages.
There are no proven effective treatments. Yet, there are many treatments that have been investigated and may be helpful in addressing some of the problems associated with miscarriage. We can discuss the relevance and published research evidence related to these investigations and the interventions at a consultation.
Some patients experience this difficult situation. We suggest that your immediate focus should be in recovering physically and emotionally.
We know that successful implantation of embryos requires a healthy womb and a healthy embryo.
There are a range of investigations one can consider to assess some of the reasons why you may have miscarried or had failed IVF treatment. There are blood tests to check for immune problems, such as natural killer cell (immune dysfunction or reproductive immunology tests). We can also run some genetic tests. There are some blood and semen tests to check your partner too.
Currently, many aspects of the embryo health (and ways to test these) form part of research studies. From these, there is a better understanding of how to test the embryo for genetic abnormalities.
It is important to consider genetic screening of the embryos before implanting. In some patients, we may offer certain medications to help create a better womb environment for an ongoing pregnancy.
This is for giving you the best chance of an IVF treatment success or that of an ongoing pregnancy in case of miscarriage.
At London IVF and Genetics Centre, we believe that addressing implantation and further embryo screening, benefits some of our patients who may find themselves in such a situation.
If you haven’t had these tests and wish to discuss them, you can book an appointment with our Fertility consultant. Once we have assessed you and your partner, we will then be able give you more specific advices. We will examine weather these tests and extra treatments may help you in conceiving and carrying on with pregnancy.