Recurrent miscarriage or repeated pregnancy loss is clinically defined as a minimum of three miscarriages occurring consecutively. Whether you fit the clinical definition of recurrent miscarriage or you have experienced one or two miscarriages and want to do what you can to avoid another, we can help.
What causes a miscarriage?
Fetal loss is the most common pregnancy complication, occurring in 25-30% of recognized pregnancies. The most common cause of early pregnancy loss is chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus, which account for at least 50-60% of all first trimester losses. Chromosomal abnormalities are typically the result of errors that may occur as the embryo divides and grows. The chance of these errors occurring generally increases with the age of the mother due to poorer egg quality.
How can I prevent a miscarriage from occurring?
Because many miscarriages are due to chromosomal abnormalities, one way to help prevent a miscarriage is Genetic Testing through Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). CCS, also known as Embryo Screening, is performed to check for any chromosomal abnormalities in all 24 chromosomes caused by missing or additional chromosomes. Chromosomal abnormalities include Trisomy 13 (Down syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edward’s syndrome) and Trisomy 21 (Patau’s syndrome). CCS also includes the screening of chromosomes X and Y, making Family Balancing through Gender Selection possible. By completing CCS, Fakih IVF Fertility Center can guarantee that only embryos that are chromosomally normal are transferred, reducing the chance of miscarriage.
Fakih IVF Fertility Center is the only center in the Middle East with an in-house Genetics Laboratory.
How do I know if my miscarriage was caused by a chromosomal abnormality?
Chromosomal analysis may be completed on the Products of Conception following a miscarriage in order to determine if chromosomal abnormality was the cause of miscarriage. The Microarray Chromosomal Analysis used at Fakih IVF Fertility Center combines the use of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) and oligomers and allows us to identify polyploidy – a common cause of spontaneous pregnancy loss caused mainly by molar pregnancy – and maternal cell contamination. The Microarray Analysis turnaround time is approximately 7 working days.
To learn more about how we can help you prevent another miscarriage and to discuss your treatment options, book an appointment today.