Working through pregnancy loss

If you are here, it’s likely you have just suffered a loss, or you are anxious about one occurring after all you have invested in your fertility — emotionally, physically, and financially. If you have had a loss, we are so very sorry. It is difficult to describe the often quiet, but very intense pain a woman feels when she finds out she is no longer pregnant.

Some mothers take comfort in the fact that NOTHING SHE DID CAUSED THIS. As hard as it can be to process, early pregnancy loss is a sad but very common fact of nature.

Being fertility patients, we are “hyper-aware” of conception. We know immediately — much earlier that the general “fertile” population — when we are pregnant. For this reason, we can also be made aware of loss that would typically go unnoticed by our fertile peers.

While it won’t heal your pain, it may help you cope to know how common early pregnancy loss is.

You are not alone. The March of Dimes has shared:

  • More than 30% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage (most often “before a woman misses a menstrual period or even knows she is pregnant).
  • 10-20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage.
  • More than 80% of miscarriages take place in the first trimester (weeks 1-12).

Preventing pregnancy loss

So what can Carolina Conceptions do medically to prevent this from happening again?

Unfortunately, we are fighting nature. As much as we try to control every aspect of this process, science can only do so much. Throughout your cycle, you are monitored very closely by our medical team to ensure all conditions are ideal to encourage proper egg maturation, ovulation, fertilization, and embryo implantation. If we see hormone values are not ideal at various points in your cycle, we prescribe supplements to optimize your chances for a healthy, sustainable pregnancy.

Sometimes monitoring and hormone supplements are not enough. Many losses are due to chromosomal abnormalities or genetic conditions. Many of these issues can be corrected with additional technologies available with IVF, such as PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening) or PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) testing.

If you have experienced one loss, schedule a consult to get your doctor’s perspective on your specific loss. The majority of women who suffer one miscarriage do not go on to have another in their next treatment cycle. However, if a second loss occurs, we will dig deeper in our search for answers.

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