Find hope after recurrent pregnancy loss when you visit Fertility Specialists of Texas
Experiencing multiple miscarriages is devastating, but it’s still possible to welcome a baby after recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). Our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility doctors have the necessary knowledge and tools to help patients overcome this unique type of infertility. With a combined 100+ years of experience, our team offers the diagnostic tools, fertility treatments and caring support you need to welcome your rainbow baby.
What is recurrent pregnancy loss and what causes it?
RPL is when a woman has two or more miscarriages before each pregnancy reaches 20 weeks of gestation. Typically, this diagnosis only includes pregnancies that you and your doctor can see on an ultrasound. As a result, it does not include biochemical pregnancy loss, which is a pregnancy that is only detected using a urine or blood test.
Many reasons can cause a woman to have multiple miscarriages. Genetic, anatomic, environmental and medical issues are common causes of pregnancy loss.
- Genetic pregnancy loss occurs when an embryo has chromosomal abnormalities, such as having too many or too few chromosomes.
- Anatomic issues, such as an abnormally shaped uterus or fibroids, can constrict the embryo’s growth and lead to miscarriage.
- Environmental and lifestyle issues can also cause miscarriage. Examples include smoking, recreational drug use, being overweight and drinking alcohol.
- Medical conditions, like diabetes, thyroid disease and immune system issues, can lead to pregnancy loss if left untreated.
In over half of recurrent pregnancy loss cases, doctors cannot find a clear cause, so the cause is unexplained. However, even in these cases, many women can still achieve a successful pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby.
An accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment make all the difference
Before our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility doctors recommend a treatment plan, they perform comprehensive testing. Their goal is to determine the exact cause of the multiple miscarriages. These tests can range from bloodwork and ultrasounds to products of conception testing.
Once your doctor determines the cause of recurrent pregnancy loss in your situation, he or she can create a customized treatment plan for you. Sometimes, medical treatment or minimally invasive surgery can correct the problem. In other cases, in vitro fertilization (IVF) with preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) is the treatment of choice.
You may feel discouraged right now. However, know that parenthood is possible. Even after having three miscarriages, there is still a 60-80% chance of carrying a baby to full term. Getting the right diagnosis and treatment increases your odds.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about how to overcome multiple miscarriages to welcome a bundle of joy.