Coping With Miscarriage
If you are visiting this website, you may have gone through the experience of pregnancy loss, or miscarriage. We understand this may be a hard time for you, and want to help. The American Fertility Association is here for you, with lots of information on our website that examines both the medical aspects of miscarriage and the emotional impact it can have.
Miscarriage is not uncommon. Around twenty five percent of all pregnancies will end in pregnancy loss, usually during the first trimester. While the cause of the miscarriage will not be discovered around 50% of the time, it is important to remember that most women who go through a miscarriage will ultimately go on to have a healthy baby.
Recurrent pregnancy loss is clinically defined as having two or more failed pregnancies. If you find yourself in this unfortunate position it is imperative that you be thoroughly evaluated by a specialist, in order to attempt to determine the cause of the losses and therefore, avoid any subsequent miscarriages. An extensive amount of information on pregnancy loss can be found on The AFA website, including a recurrent miscarriage video featuring a leading medical specialist and a comprehensive fact sheet.
Secondary Infertility and Miscarriage
You may find yourself having trouble carrying a baby to term after already giving birth to one or more children. You are not alone. This confusing and upsetting situation takes many women by surprise, but information that may help can be found here.
Miscarriage and Medical Tests to Expect
For those who have experienced a pregnancy loss, the overriding concern is how to prevent another one. As with so many medical conditions, knowledge is key. If the reason for your miscarriage can be identified, subsequent pregnancy loss can often be avoided. A list of the medical tests your doctor may request can be found here.
Miscarriage and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
Women who have undergone multiple miscarriages may be advised to consider PGD or PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening). These are laboratory procedures that sleuth out genetic anomalies in embryos, prior to implantation in the womb. Information on these tests can be found here.
The AFA – Resources You Need When Coping with Miscarriage
It is understandable that this may be a very difficult time for you. While no one has a crystal ball or can look into the future, it is an honest truth that most women who experience recurrent miscarriage will ultimately conceive and give birth to a healthy baby. Try to remember that hope is a very powerful tool and in the case of recurrent pregnancy loss, not an ill-founded one. The AFA has an extensive Therapist Network of Professionals that you may wish to look through, if you or your partner can use a little extra help during this time. And, our Network of Professionals also includes Reproductive Endocrinologists, PGD Specialists, Urologists, Acupuncturists and more.
We are sorry that your journey has not been an easy one, and hope that our library gives you hope, help, and courage while dealing with the impact of miscarriage.