Treatment For Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Treatment For Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

The treatment for recurrent pregnancy loss should depend on the underlying causes contributing to loss. Unfortunately, the precise cause for loss remains unknown in many cases and thus effective treatment modalities remain elusive. Many empiric therapies involving immunologic phenomena such as intravenous immunoglobulin, leukocyte immunization and even low dose aspirin therapy have been proposed, but […]

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Uterine Causes of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Uterine Causes of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

15% of women who experience recurrent pregnancy loss, that is three or more consecutive losses, have an anatomic uterine defect. Potential uterine causes of recurrent pregnancy loss can be divided into two classifications and are identified as either congenital or acquired. Congenital uterine defects are those that have been present since birth while acquired uterine […]

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Testing For Causes of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Testing For Causes of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Miscarriage occurs more often than most woman realize. At least 15-25% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage, and as a woman ages, this percentage increases. Many women are not aware of this high percentage of pregnancies that miscarry and want to understand why it happened and could it have been prevented. We are often asked […]

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Pregnancy Losses Are Most Commonly Chromosomally Abnormal

Pregnancy Losses Are Most Commonly Chromosomally Abnormal

Approximately 60% to 70% of pregnancy losses are most commonly chromosomally abnormal, whether as an isolated event (one) or recurrent which is considered to be two or more consecutive losses. What are the most common chromosome abnormalities that cause miscarriage? The most common chromosomal abnormality is Trisomy 16 which occurs in 26% of losses. Trisomy […]

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Life Style Factors That Are Linked to Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Life Style Factors That Are Linked to Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Recurrent pregnancy loss is when there have been two or more consecutive miscarriages. While most miscarriages result from chromosomal, or genetic, abnormalities, there are life style factors that are linked to recurrent pregnancy loss as well as isolated loss. Life style factors that are linked to recurrent pregnancy loss  The exposure to three particular substances […]

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Air Pollution May Be Associated With Increased Risk of Miscarriage

Air Pollution May Be Associated With Increased Risk of Miscarriage

Exposure to environmental pollutants for those trying to conceive can adversely affect the ability to become pregnant and overall fertility. Numerous health-related issues have been linked to air pollution. A recent study published in Nature Sustainability examined the relationship between maternal air pollution exposure and pregnancy outcomes. This study included over 255,000 women in Beijing, […]

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Dietary Supplement May Cause Miscarriage

Dietary Supplement May Cause Miscarriage

The FDA recently released a warning that a certain dietary supplement may cause miscarriage or harm fetal development. The dietary supplement is known as “vinpocetine” (also called “vinca minor extract,” “lesser periwinkle extract,” or “common periwinkle extract”). This supplement is usually promoted as a substance that can increase cognitive performance, enhance energy, and rapidly reduce […]

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The Flu Shot is Not Associated With an Increased Risk of Miscarriage

The Flu Shot is Not Associated With an Increased Risk of Miscarriage

In recent years, there has been controversy surrounding a possible link between the flu shot and miscarriage. Fortunately, a recent study has found the flu shot is not associated with an increased risk of miscarriage and there is no link between the flu vaccine and pregnancy loss. The study findings were recently presented to the […]

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Spontaneous Miscarriages

Spontaneous Miscarriages

Spontaneous miscarriages are losses before the 20th week of gestation (pregnancy). It is the loss occurs before 10 weeks we consider the pregnancy to be developmentally an embryo. If the loss is after 10 weeks and before 20 weeks, it is  termed “fetus.” Regardless of the developmental stage, a loss is a loss. The joyous […]

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The Impact of Male Partners Who Smoke And Pregnancy

The Impact of Male Partners Who Smoke And Pregnancy

In women who smoke, the adverse effects on fertility and pregnancy have been well-documented. The impact of male partners who smoke and pregnancy has not been studied as extensively, however. A recent study looked at pregnancy outcomes in women whose partner smoked during early pregnancy. These researchers found that women whose partner smoked during the […]

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