How we help you navigate recurrent pregnancy loss
Our Tennessee fertility center helps many women and couples overcome recurrent pregnancy loss, which experts define as two or more miscarriages before 20 weeks of gestation. Comprehensive testing and effective treatments can help women and men bypass this barrier to parenthood.
Testing to help overcome recurrent pregnancy loss
One of the first steps to discover why a woman cannot maintain a healthy pregnancy is assessing her miscarriages. From there, a doctor at our Tennessee fertility center can recommend various tests to determine the potential causes.
- Genetic screening. This testing reveals chromosomal abnormalities or other genetic conditions that could cause recurrent pregnancy loss.
- Blood tests. An analysis of the woman’s blood can uncover issues with her immune system or problems like blood clotting complications, pelvic inflammatory disease or sexually transmitted diseases. A woman’s hormone levels are also tested.
- Pelvic ultrasound. The fertility specialist determines the health of a woman’s reproductive organs through an ultrasound that can detect uterine fibroids, polyps and other uterine challenges.
- Hysterogram. In addition to the ultrasound, this test allows the fertility doctor to view potential anatomical problems and conditions. It can also reveal scar tissue from endometriosis or infection.
- Endometrial biopsy. This test involves the removal of a small piece of tissue from the lining of the uterus to confirm its ability to support a healthy pregnancy.
If testing does not reveal a clear cause for the pregnancy loss, there are still treatments we can recommend that could help patients fulfill their dream of parenthood.
Treatments for recurrent miscarriage
When the test results present a reason for the pregnancy losses, our fertility specialists work with patients to create a treatment plan that provides the best chance of developing a healthy pregnancy. Our team often uses the following treatments.
- Hysteroscopy. This simple procedure can correct uterine issues like fibroids, large polyps, scar tissue or other conditions that might be the cause of recurrent pregnancy loss.
- IVF and PGT. Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) can be beneficial for hopeful parents with chromosomal abnormalities, as it tests embryos that result from an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. This testing allows fertility specialists to transfer the healthiest embryo to the mother’s uterus.
- Medications. The fertility doctor might prescribe medications, such as aspirin and heparin, when autoimmune problems are present. Additionally, women with thyroid problems, uncontrolled diabetes, elevated prolactin or other hormonal situations often receive various medications.
The team at our Tennessee fertility center will be by your side through each step of overcoming recurrent miscarriage. Contact us for more information about our fertility services.