Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, defined as two or more consecutive miscarriages, is a devastating condition that causes grief for many couples.
Many couples may experience a pregnancy loss, especially an early loss in the first trimester. This does not carry with it an increased risk of having pregnancy loss in the future. Having two or more miscarriages, however, places a couple at a much higher statistical chance of having repeated miscarriages moving forward.
What causes Recurrent Pregnancy Loss?
The causes of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss are many and complex. Couples suffering from Recurrent Pregnancy Loss deserve a thorough and thoughtful evaluation to help guide therapies that will maximize their chances for a good outcome. For more than half of couples with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, a detailed diagnostic evaluation will show possible causes for the pregnancy loss. Some common causes of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss include anatomic defects in the uterus, genetic factors, hormonal imbalances, and auto immune abnormalities.
For many women with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss in the first trimester, the cause can be attributed to abnormalities in the way the genetic material of the embryo’s DNA is formed. In most of these cases, the parents themselves have no genetic abnormalities. Some experts believe that up to half of first trimester miscarriages are due to this type of genetic imbalance in the embryo. Thankfully, genetic testing for this problem is now available to address this issue.
The Center for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at Fertility Associates of Memphis
The experts at Fertility Associates of Memphis are among the best in the country at evaluating and treating Recurrent Pregnancy Loss. Dr. Billy Kutteh is an international authority on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, and he did much of the pioneering work to identify the impact and treatment for antiphospholipid antibodies, which are now recognized as important auto immune factors for many couples with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss. Dr. Raymond Ke has a wealth of experience in treating pregnancy loss and is also regarded as an expert in the field.
Dr. Paul Brezina is an international expert in preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening and was trained by some of the most renowned experts in the field at Johns Hopkins University. He has given dozens of lectures on this topic teaching other physicians about this rapidly advancing technology.
Additionally, Drs. Brezina and Kutteh have been selected to lead the national discussion on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at the 2014 ACOG conference, the largest meeting for women’s health care physicians. This is a forum where doctors from around the country and world learn state-of-the-art advances in obstetrics and gynecology.
Please contact our Fertility Associates of Memphis office at 901-747-2229 if you are suffering from Recurrent Pregnancy Loss. Our compassionate physicians, board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, would be happy to help you.