Recurrent Miscarriage Testing in London
At Gynaecology Clinic, we provide women with recurrent pregnancy loss, high level of care and quality of life. Our fertility services are comprehensive, compassionate, and individually tailored to meet your needs and preferences.
We have some of the best gynaecology specialists that possess a deep understanding of the female anatomy in relation to conception and any unfortunate loss of pregnancy.
Recurrent miscarriage or pregnancy loss is classically described as the occurrence of three or more consecutive pregnancy loss; however, British Fertility Society has recently redefined it as two or more pregnancy losses.
A clinically-recognised pregnancy involuntarily ending before 20 weeks is classified as a pregnancy loss.
Before we look at the recurrent miscarriage tests, let’s consider possible causes of recurrent pregnancy loss.
What is responsible for recurrent pregnancy loss?
- Most of the time, pregnancy can be lost as a result of chromosomal or genetic abnormalities. These are random events. The abnormality may come from the egg, the sperm, or the early embryo. An approximate of 12-15% of all clinically recognised pregnancies end in miscarriage. However, it is estimated that at least 30-60% of all conceptions will end within the first 12 weeks of gestation and up to 50% of the time, the woman doesn’t even realise that she was ever pregnant.
- Chromosomal abnormalities are related to advancing maternal age. In this case, the increased risk of miscarriage may be due to poor egg quality. Sometimes the father or mother may have a slight irregularity in their genes, but the offspring could be more severely affected and thus result in miscarriage.
- Abnormalities in the uterus can also lead to miscarriage. It could be due to poor blood supply to the pregnancy or inflammation. Some women may be born with an irregular shaped uterus.
- The female immune system also plays a role in pregnancy loss.
- Hormone abnormalities may also impact pregnancy loss.
Generally speaking, external influence like environmental factors, occupational factors, and stress do not seem to be related to loss of pregnancy.
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Testing
The first thing we do at the Gynaecology Clinic is to take your detailed surgical, medical, family, and genetic history to perform a physical examination.
Other tests include:
- Karyotype Analysis
The karyotype is your chromosomal or genetic make-up. This is done for you and your partner. The essence is to look out for abnormalities in either of you that can be passed on to your offspring, resulting in miscarriage.
- Your uterus and uterine cavity are also evaluated using an ultrasound, saline ultrasound, MRI, hysteroscopy, or hysterosalpingogram X-ray.
- Antiphospholipid antibodies will also be checked.
- Test of hormone function is also done.
The treatment we give you will be based on the evaluated underlying cause of your recurrent pregnancy loss. The chances of a successful future pregnancy are high no matter what the results of the work-up are.
Simply reach out to us at the Gynaecology Clinic. It’s our job to work towards increasing your chances of conception.
Call us today, and we will towards bringing recurrent miscarriage to a halt.