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Recurring Pregnancy Loss Diagnosis & Treatment

Recurring pregnancy loss is the occurrence of three or more consecutive pregnancy losses and occurs in 15-20 percent of all pregnancies. A pregnancy loss is defined as a clinically recognized (confirmed by ultrasound or pregnancy tissue) pregnancy that has involuntarily ended before 20 weeks. Several factors have been noted to cause pregnancy loss, including abnormalities in the sperm, egg or embryo. Advanced maternal age has also been linked to increased risk of pregnancy loss.

To treat recurring pregnancy loss, we must first identify the cause of the pregnancy termination. A karyotypic (chromosomal or genetic) abnormality is found, in which case a couple is referred to genetic counseling. A specialist is able to discuss which genetic abnormality is likely causing the pregnancy loss and determine the chances of having a successful pregnancy in the future. Some couples may undergo prenatal genetic studies to determine the genetic makeup of the embryo. In vitro fertilization (IVF) combined with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can also be utilized to treat recurring pregnancy loss.

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