Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group
Gynecology & Obstetrics located in Huntington Beach, CA & Newport Beach, CA
If you suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss, or repeated miscarriages, treatment can sometimes increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy in the future. At Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, California, Jeffrey Illeck, MD, Anne K. Narayan, MD, and their experienced OB/GYN team offer support, diagnosis, and treatment of recurrent pregnancy loss to help prevent future miscarriages. Call Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group to learn more or use the online scheduler today.
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Q & A
What is recurrent pregnancy loss?
Recurrent pregnancy loss occurs when you experience two or more consecutive pregnancy losses, or miscarriages. A miscarriage is defined as involuntary loss of a pregnancy that ends before 20 weeks gestation. Recurrent pregnancy loss can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. About 1% of women experience repeat miscarriages.
What causes recurrent pregnancy loss?
If you experience two or more consecutive pregnancy losses, it might be due to the following causes:
- Genetic problems with the embryo
- Advanced reproductive age
- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Congenital problems with your uterus
- Autoimmune disorders
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
In 50-75% of cases of recurrent pregnancy loss, the reason is unknown. To help determine the cause whenever possible, your doctor completes recurrent pregnancy loss testing. It involves reviewing your detailed medical history, a physical exam, hormone tests, other blood tests, and imaging tests – such as an ultrasound, X-rays, MRIs, or hysteroscopy -- to view the inside of your uterus.
What is the treatment for recurrent pregnancy loss?
If your OB/GYN physician determines the cause of recurrent pregnancy loss, they may recommend one or more of the following treatments to increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy in the future:
In vitro fertilization
After special genetic testing, in vitro fertilization using healthy embryos is a treatment option that may increase your chance of a future healthy pregnancy.
If you have a uterine abnormality, polyps, or fibroids, minor gynecological surgery helps correct the problem to boost your chances of becoming and staying pregnant.
In some cases, medications can treat underlying medical conditions that cause recurrent pregnancy loss. For example, your doctor may recommend medications that control diabetes or thyroid disorders if you have these health conditions.
Can I have a healthy pregnancy in the future?
Don’t get discouraged if you have recurrent pregnancy loss, as about 65% of women who suffer from it have a successful pregnancy in the future.
To determine the cause of recurrent pregnancy loss or find a treatment that helps you achieve a healthy pregnancy, schedule an appointment with Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group by phone or online today.
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