Experiencing multiple miscarriages, especially if you are also coping with infertility, is physically and emotionally draining. After all, a positive pregnancy test is one of the most exciting moments for patients struggling with infertility. Unfortunately, the time between a positive pregnancy test result and the first ultrasound—weeks later—can be extremely stressful, particularly for women with a history of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Understanding the causes of recurrent miscarriages can help you know what to expect in the future. Here are some common explanations for multiple miscarriages.
Metabolic problems, particularly problems related to diabetes and insulin resistance, increase the risk of miscarriage. For people with diabetes who are planning a family, it is best to work with your endocrinologist to get control of your blood glucose levels before you become pregnant. Women with insulin resistance, including those with polycystic ovary syndrome, are also more likely to experience miscarriage. Each of these conditions can also have a dramatic impact on fertility.
As you get older, your risk of having a miscarriage increases. In women over 40, about one-third of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. This is also an age at which fertility is in decline. A fertility specialist can help you navigate your infertility issues and monitor you for signs of pregnancy loss if you do become pregnant after age 40.
Approximately 10 to 15 percent of all women who have multiple miscarriages have a uterine abnormality. Congenital abnormalities, like a double uterus or uterine septum, could be to blame, as could medical conditions like uterine fibroids and polyps.
At Dallas IVF, we understand the ups and downs that go along with fertility treatments, particularly if you have miscarried in the past. Our compassionate fertility experts are here to walk you through every step of finally starting the family you’ve always wanted. Schedule a consultation at our Dallas infertility clinic to learn more by calling (469) 287-8179.