When you seek treatment at Wilcox Fertility, we tailor your care to be as unique and individual as you are. We also take the subject of miscarriages and pregnancy loss very seriously. While 10 to 25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies result in a miscarriage, if you’ve experienced more than two losses, Dr. Wilcox and his medical team will search for any potential underlying medical issues.
According to American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Recurrent Pregnancy loss is defined as two or more pregnancy losses. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists defines this as having three or more. If you have experienced two or three losses, a thorough physical exam is highly recommended. A miscarriage is considered the loss of a pregnancy within the first 20 weeks.
Whether you’ve achieved these pregnancies through fertility treatment or not, it can be incredibly valuable seeking medical guidance of a reproductive endocrinologist in determining the reason for a miscarriage.
There are several potential factors that may cause a pregnancy loss such as autoimmune issues, endocrine issues, uterine anomalies and chromosomal abnormalities. Dr. Wilcox can order blood work to see if there are any concerns, a test called a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to investigate if your uterus has any obstructions that may post a problem and overall, investigate deeper into what may be causing these losses.
Since chromosomal abnormalities are responsible for approximately 70 percent of miscarriages, one avenue we may explore depending on your history is in vitro fertilization plus genetic testing. Preimplantation Genetic Testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A, formerly known as PGS) or Preimplantation Genetic Testing for monogenic disease (PGT-M, formerly known as PGD). These tests screen embryos prior to selecting one for transfer. Patients may choose to have embryo testing to confirm that the embryo has a normal number of chromosomes or to see if their embryos contain a certain genetic mutation that can result in disease. You can learn more about these tests by visiting our PGS/PGD page.
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