Miscarriage Q & A with Amos E. Madanes, MD
What causes a miscarriage?
A miscarriage is the loss of a fetus before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Some women miscarry before they even miss a period or realize they are pregnant. We don’t always know why miscarriages happen, but some of the possible causes include:
- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Abnormal fetal development
- Failure of the egg to properly implant on the uterine lining
- Actual physical deformities or tumors inside the uterus
- Maternal factors, such as: Hormonal problems, lifestyle issues, alcohol and/or drug use, or malnutrition
- Health conditions, such as diabetes or thyroid issues
- 35 Years of age or older
- Three or more previous miscarriages
It is important for women to get the support they need after a miscarriage to ensure their emotional and physical well-being.
What are the signs of a miscarriage?
Women who miscarry soon after the embryo has implanted in the uterus often mistake bleeding from miscarrying as their period.
Although these symptoms do not always indicate a miscarriage, you should contact the Midwest Fertility Center if you experience any of the following:
- Mild to severe back pain
- Sudden decrease in pregnancy symptoms
- Weight loss
- White or light pink discharge
- Spotting, with or without cramps
- Passing tissue or clots through the vagina
What is a recurrent miscarriage?
Most women go on to have healthy pregnancies after a miscarriage. However, for a small minority of women, recurrent miscarriage can affect their fertility. Recurrent miscarriage is the consecutive loss of three or more pregnancies in the first trimester. Women age 35 or older can receive an evaluation after two consecutive miscarriages.
Around 1% of couples who are trying to conceive struggle with recurrent miscarriage. Although it can be devastating for couples facing pregnancy loss, recurrent miscarriage does not mean you can never successfully carry a baby.
Before deciding on a treatment method, Dr. Madanes will determine the cause of your miscarriage. Chromosomal abnormalities, uterine fibroids or malformations, cervix issues, thyroid issues, hormonal factors, and abnormal blood clotting are a few potential causes. After determining the cause of your recurrent miscarriage, Dr. Madanes will offer a comprehensive treatment plan, which may involve medication or surgery.
If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages, don’t be discouraged. Dr. Madanes has spent years helping women with recurrent miscarriage overcome infertility to achieve their dream of motherhood. Schedule a consultation with the Midwest Fertility Center online or by calling, to get one step closer to the family you’ve always wanted.