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Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss is a most distressing problem for patients. If this is your diagnosis, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation will be provided. During this evaluation you will have several blood tests, an x-ray tubal dye study (HSG), ultrasound, and a Clomid challenge test to measure ovarian reserve. Based on the results of these studies we can further define your problem if any exist. Some patients may experience pregnancy loss on the basis of chance alone. We will make recommendations to you based on the results of your evaluation.

Many early miscarriages (the ones that happen in the first 3 months of pregnancy) are due to genetic abnormalities in the embryo or fetus.
 
A problem with the shape of a woman’s uterus might be a cause for pregnancy loss. Having a band of tissue inside the uterus, called a septum, can make the inside of the uterus too small. Women born with a septum may have more frequent miscarriages. 
 
Smoking increases the risk for RPL. Using certain recreational drugs, such as cocaine, can also lead to miscarriage. Being overweight has been linked with RPL as well as other pregnancy complications. Excessive alcohol or caffeine intake might be linked with RPL.
 
Untreated medical conditions, such as thyroid disease or diabetes, can increase the risk for miscarriage. Abnormalities of the immune system or blood-clotting system (thrombophilia) can also cause RPL.

 

When you achieve a pregnancy during treatment, we will follow you very closely. Generally, weekly ultrasounds will be performed to evaluate for appropriate growth and development of the pregnancy. We reassure our patients that in the vast majority of patients, we are able to achieve a successful outcome to this most distressing problem.