Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

What is it?

When you lose a pregnancy at any point in the first 23 weeks, it’s called a “miscarriage”. When this happens for three or more times, it’s called “recurrent miscarriage”. 1 in every 100 women experiences recurrent miscarriages.

Why does it happen?

There are a number of reasons why recurrent pregnancy loss happens. Here are some:

  • The chances of miscarriage increase the older you get.
  • With 5 percent of women, either they or their partner have an abnormality on one of their chromosomes.
  • 15 percent of women have recurrent miscarriages because of abnormal content in their blood called antiphospholipid antibodies.
  • Many women have a defect in their womb structure or have a weakness at the entrance of the cervix.
  • Many women miscarry because they have polycystic ovaries, diabetes, thyroid disorders or vaginal infection during pregnancy.

What can be done?

Identifying the reasons behind recurrent miscarriages is not easy; it cannot always be found. Taking basic precautionary measures and consulting the right doctor is the best option.

Of course, if any reason is found, it must be treated before or during the pregnancy, at the earliest. It could increase the chances of a healthy birth.