A miscarriage can be devastating to numerous couples, and recurring ones can discourage couples from attempting to conceive. Not all patients experiencing this problem may discover the cause after undergoing a medical evalution.
Most cases of spontaneous miscarriage stem from abnormalities in the conceptus. These are usually caused by chromosomal abnormalities found in the egg or sperm. Since eggs have been proven to deteriorate with age, older women experience higher rates of miscarriage than their younger counterparts. In a study conducted on first-trimester miscarriages, over 50 – 60% have demonstrated chromosomal abnormalities.
A thorough evaluation will be performed prior to recommendations for treatment. The evaluation will include a medical history of the individual/couple. Additional procedures may include blood tests and an evaluation of the uterus.
Treatment recommendations will vary and may include reassurance, medications, surgery, fertility treatments or preimplantation genetic screening.