Unfortunately, miscarriages are a common occurrence, with one in four to five pregnancies ending before week 12 for women under the age of 30. This is often a very sad and traumatic experience and having people to support you will help you get through this time.
Following a miscarriage, it is important to determine if there is anything that can be done to prevent future miscarriage. Many women will experience at least one miscarriage, with most going on to have a healthy baby, so keeping positive about conception is very important.
A small percentage of couples will experience more than one miscarriage. About 2% of women experience three or more consecutive early pregnancy losses. This is called recurrent miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss.
What causes a miscarriage?
Some of the causes of miscarriage include:
- Random chromosome abnormalities,
- Specific genetic abnormalities
- Parental chromosome abnormalities
- Uterine abnormalities
- Immune disorders
- Hormone imbalances
- Other medical conditions
Age is also an important factor – the 20% miscarriage rate up to age 30 increases to 33-60% from age 40-46. If you are experiencing recurrent miscarriage, we will arrange all the relevant investigations to determine if anything can be done to prevent future miscarriages.