Have You Been Struggling with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss?
posted: Jan. 27, 2020.
Recurrent pregnancy loss may make you wonder if you'll ever be able to expand your family. Fortunately, treatments provided by Dr. Minna Selub, your physician at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in South Florida may increase the likelihood that you'll carry your next pregnancy to term.
What is recurrent pregnancy loss?
Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) occurs if you've had two or more miscarriages before reaching 20 weeks of development.
What causes RPL?
RPL can be caused by:
- Genetic Abnormalities: RPL is often caused by chromosomal abnormalities that occur during fertilization. Although these abnormalities can happen at any age, they tend to occur more often in older women.
- Medical Conditions: Women who have certain conditions, such as autoimmune or blood-clotting disorders, thyroid disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, poorly controlled diabetes, or high blood pressure, may be at increased risk of RPL.
- Uterine Anatomy: Anatomical issues with your uterus can make it inhospitable for a developing fetus. Problems may occur if your uterus is abnormally shaped, you have fibroids or scar tissue, or your uterus is divided by a band of tissue called a septum.
- Lifestyle Factors: Your habits and lifestyle may also increase the chances of RPL. Smoking, recreational drug use, alcohol intake, consuming caffeine, or being overweight can all be factors if you've experienced recurrent miscarriages.
What treatment options are available to reduce the risk of RPL?
Treatment depends on the cause of RPL. If genetic abnormalities are an issue, your South Florida physician may recommend in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The procedure unites an egg and sperm outside the body before implanting the embryos into the woman's uterus. During IVF treatment, only healthy embryos are selected for implantation.
If your doctor suspects that a chronic illness or disease may play a part in RPL, increasing your chances of a successful pregnancy may involve monitoring and treating the underlying condition and possibly changing your medications.
Making a few changes in your life, such as losing weight or giving up alcohol, may be helpful if a lifestyle factor increases your RPL risk. Surgery may also be recommended to treat anatomic abnormalities in your uterus or remove fibroids, polyps, scar tissue, and adhesions.
Have you experienced recurrent pregnancy loss? Call Dr. Minna Selub, your physician at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in South Florida, today by dialing (954) 217-3456.