Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage
About 1 in 6 of all pregnancies (15%) end in miscarriage, affecting around a quarter of a million women in the UK each year. Although very common, many couples find it to be devastating and may need additional help and support to help come to terms with the loss of a much wanted baby.
Maternal age and previous number of miscarriages are two independent risk factors for a further miscarriage. Fortunately, there is only a slight increase in the risk of miscarriage in a subsequent pregnancy following one or even two previous miscarriages.
Advanced maternal age adversely affects ovarian function, giving rise to a decline in the number of good quality eggs which often don’t develop properly and hence the risk of miscarriage increases as you get older.
Recurrent miscarriage, the loss of three or more consecutive pregnancies, affects about 1 in 100 women (1%) when the calculated risk should be about 1: 200 women (0.3%).
This means that about 50 out of every 100 women with recurrent miscarriage must have some underlying reason for it though we may not always be able to find out what it is or treat it. Most NHS hospitals will not offer to investigate until after 3 or more miscarriages. Careful and methodical testing can however find potential risk factors, many of which can be treated. In addition to standard tests we are able to offer endometrial biopsy testing for NK Cells.
Click here to find out how we can help you and your partner find out if you have any risk factors for miscarriage or recurrent miscarriages and what treatment options are available.