Pregnancy loss can be a tragic, traumatic experience. When women experience more than one miscarriage, it’s extremely important that they seek professional medical insight and state-of-the-art fertility treatment if they are determined to become pregnant. A woman may be suffering from recurrent pregnancy loss, which means they have a high risk of losing another pregnancy if they try to conceive by natural means.
The team at our Los Angeles, CA practice would like to consider various treatment options to address recurrent pregnancy loss. During a visit to Pacific Fertility Center, we can determine an ideal approach to treatment just for you.
Testing for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
In order to determine the right treatment for a couple’s pregnancy loss, it’s important to run tests to assess a woman’s health. These tests could involve bloodwork, genetic testing, x-rays of the reproductive system, and so forth. Ultimately, these tests will help pinpoint the reason for the pregnancy loss, and give fertility specialists a good understanding of how to properly address the matter.
Surgical Treatment of a Woman’s Reproductive System
Sometimes anatomical problems with the uterus can contribute to pregnancy loss, particularly if there are abnormal growths or an accumulation of scar tissue. Thanks to imaging technology, a fertility specialist can identify and address these matters.
Treating an Underlying Medical Condition
Hormonal disorders, blood clotting disorders, autoimmune diseases, and a host of medical problems can lead to issues with fertility that increase the risk of pregnancy loss. Treating this underlying medical condition successfully can help prevent pregnancy loss and lead to successful live birth. The right treatment for the medical problems varies form patient to patient depending on their needs.
Making Healthy Changes to Your Lifestyle
Alcohol consumption, caffeine intake, use of tobacco products, and abuse of illicit or prescription drugs can all lead to a greater risk of miscarriage. If a woman is trying to become pregnant, it’s important that they abstain from all of these substances for their own health as well as the health of their child.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with Genetic Screening
If a couple runs the risk of chromosomal disorders, this greatly increases the risk of miscarriage. In these cases, IVF may be recommended to fertilize an egg in a lab. Prior to the transfer of the embryo to the uterus, a process known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can be performed. This allows fertility specialists to detect genetic abnormalities present in the embryo prior to transfer. If a problem is detected, that embryo will not be used during IVF, avoiding pregnancy loss.
Relying on a Gestational Carrier
If fertility doctors determine that a woman cannot carry a child to term on her own, they may recommend the services of a gestational carrier. This is a woman who offers to carry an embryo through to live birth on the behalf of a couple. Our fertility center can help with the screening and contact of gestational carriers in the area, and also offer information on how to interview carriers and what to look for.
Learn More About Your Treatment Options
For more information about preventing pregnancy loss and helping you have a healthy and happy family, be sure to contact an experienced fertility specialist. The team at Pacific Fertility Center is here to help. You can reach our office in Los Angeles at (310) 683-4792 and our office in Glendale at (818) 952-0328.