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Recurrent Miscarriage

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Dr Len Kliman Specialist Gynaecologist
2 minutes mins read September 6th 2021

A miscarriage is defined as a spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy.

We define recurrent miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss in those women who experience three or more consecutive miscarriages. Despite this, Dr Kliman will investigate you for causes of miscarriage after two consecutive miscarriages to allay anxiety and because it has been shown to be scientifically the correct process.

Approximately 2- 3% of women will experience a recurrent miscarriage.

Causes or contributing factors can include:

  • Unknown (idiopathic)
  • Structural abnormalities of the uterus
  • Genetic disorders
  • Immunological problems
  • Maternal age

Whilst a miscarriage in not uncommon, it is important that specific investigations and tests are performed to rule out some of the above-mentioned conditions.

Some tests may include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Blood tests on the woman and her partner which may include genetic testing/karyotype
  • Hysteroscopy to evaluate the uterine cavity
  • Uterine biopsy to test the lining of the uterus

Dr Kliman will discuss all of the available tests and investigations and discuss which tests are best for your situation. He will then work out an appropriate plan for a future pregnancy.

We understand this is often a time of great anxiety and stress but our team are here to support you.