Going through a miscarriage can be one of the most upsetting things in a woman's life. For some, miscarriage occurs multiple times before a pregnancy ends in a healthy birth. At Advanced Women's Center, Dr. Okey Okoli understands that each woman experiences a miscarriage in her own way, and on her own terms. After many years in practice, he has the expertise to guide you through multiple miscarriages as you continue your journey to parenthood. If you're looking for an obstetrician who offers innovative and state-of-the-art treatment for multiple miscarriages and other pregnancy-related concerns, schedule an appointment at the San Antonio office using the simple online tool.
Miscarriage occurs for a number of reasons, and there are many cases where it’s simply not possible to determine the cause of a lost pregnancy. Some women experience multiple miscarriages, either in early pregnancy or in the late stages.
This type of miscarriage occurs in the first trimester. Researchers believe that chromosomal or genetic problems account for most spontaneous miscarriages in the early stages of pregnancy.
Losing a pregnancy in the later trimesters is often due to autoimmune problems, cervical incompetence, premature labor, or uterine abnormalities.
When a woman goes through a miscarriage, certain screening tools can help get to the bottom of the problem. Screening can be done on the father, mother, and even the fetal tissue in certain circumstances.
For example, women who’ve had three or more miscarriages may benefit from autoimmune disorder testing. Screening for problems related to diabetes and various thyroid and pituitary gland issues may also be advisable.
Some parents decide to have chromosomal testing done to determine if they are passing down chromosomal abnormalities to their offspring — many pregnancies end spontaneously when there are chromosomal issues with the fetus.
Testing can sometimes indicate the source of the problem. If so, treatment focuses on addressing those issues, including treating disease. For some couples who display chromosomal abnormalities, using a donor egg or sperm may be the best course of action.
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, or APS, is a type of autoimmune disorder. The immune system of women who suffer from APS produce antibodies that mistakenly attack their own cells. Specifically, APS attacks a type of fat called phospholipids.
Phospholipids are present throughout your body, including in your blood vessels and blood cells. When damage occurs from APS, blood clots can form in your veins and arteries. While blood clots are normal, excessive blood clots can bring damage to your organs and impede proper blood flow.
APS can cause complications during pregnancy, including miscarriage. The condition is incurable, and treating APS is a long-term process. However, certain medications can reduce the risk of miscarriage.
If you’ve gone through multiple miscarriages, schedule an appointment with Dr. Okoli to discuss possible diagnostic and treatment options.