Miscarriage is not uncommon; it affects around 25% of all pregnancies. However, too often couples are told to just “keep trying” and won’t be sent for tests until they have miscarried at least three times, sometimes more. We will see you after two or more miscarriages, or just one if this occcurred later than 12 weeks into the pregnancy. We provide personalised care for many couples each year who have miscarried and this gives us, and our practitioners, an enormous wealth of experience and data to draw on.
Our treatment of recurrent miscarriage aims to address the main factors known to influence the body’s ability to maintain a pregnancy through to term. There are specific tests that can identify couples that are at risk. Immuno-modulatory treatment that corrects these problems and stimulates the proper immune response in the mother may then improve the chances of a successful pregnancy. There are also techniques (Array CGH) that can be used during an IVF cycle that can screen embryos for any chromosomal abnormalities prior to transfer.
Aimed at couples – men are just as important here as women – the programme takes you through a comprehensive step-by-step process to help identify the likely causes and to recommend the best way forward, including, where necessary, the very latest miscarriage blood tests and scans. This may involve meeting with our miscarriage specialist, Dr George Ndukwe.
We will also be able to recommend ways in which you can enhance your reproductive status through improvements to such things as your diet, your lifestyle and your stress levels, all of which can have a role to play, both positively and negatively, in maintaining your pregnancy.