The heartbreak of a miscarriage can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve had several miscarriages while trying to start your family. As an experienced fertility specialist, Fangyin Meng, MD, PhD, offers several on-site tests to diagnose the underlying cause of repeated miscarriages. Dr. Meng also customizes a treatment plan to reduce your risk of a miscarriage and help you carry a healthy and successful pregnancy to term. To find out more about the available miscarriage treatments, call the office of Fangyin Meng, MD, PhD, today or book a consultation online.
A miscarriage describes a spontaneous loss of pregnancy within the first 20 weeks of gestation.
The majority of miscarriages happen before the 12th week of pregnancy. Symptoms that can indicate you’re having a miscarriage include:
You might also pass excess fluids or tissue through your vagina.
If there are no signs of infection, you might be able to let the miscarriage happen naturally. However, some women need to take medication to complete the miscarriage or require a procedure known as dilation and curettage (D&C) to remove tissue from the uterus following a miscarriage. A D&C helps prevent infection and other miscarriage complications.
Most miscarriages happen because of problems with the way the fetus is developing. In about half of miscarriages, the problem lies with missing or extra chromosomes or other genetic abnormalities.
The health of the mother can also contribute to a miscarriage, especially if there’s a history of health problems or existing medical conditions like:
Your risk of a miscarriage also increases if you’re over 35, smoke, abuse alcohol or drugs, or have a history of miscarriages.
In many cases, a miscarriage is a one-time event. You can expect to achieve a healthy pregnancy in the future. While it only takes a few days to recover physically, you might take longer to recover emotionally after a miscarriage. This is especially true if you’re planning to try to become pregnant again.
However, if you have several miscarriages, especially if you have several miscarriages one after another, Dr. Meng can determine why. She offers several on-site tests to evaluate the health and function of your reproductive organs to identify issues like uterine abnormalities that might cause repeated miscarriages.
Dr. Meng can also use genetic testing to determine if there are chromosomal abnormalities that interfere with your ability to maintain a viable pregnancy.
If you’ve experienced several miscarriages and want information about available testing, schedule a consultation online today or call the office of Fangyin Meng, MD, PhD.