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About Miscarriage
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Coping with miscarriage
Sadly, miscarriages are a common occurrence, with one in six pregnancies ending before week 20. This is little consolation when you have lost a baby through miscarriage, and you may want to find out why it occurred and if you can reduce the risk of it happening again. Most patients who experience miscarriage will go on to have a baby, so it is important to stay positive. A small percentage of couples will experience more than one miscarriage. About 2% of women experience two or more consecutive early pregnancy losses. This is called recurrent miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss.
What causes a miscarriage?
Some of the causes of miscarriage include:

  • Random chromosome variations,

  • Specific genetic variations,

  • Parental chromosome variations (for example translocations),

  • Uterine variations,

  • Immune disorders,

  • Hormone imbalances,

  • Other medical conditions.

  • Female age is also an important factor. After the age of 43, there is a 50% chance of miscarriage.
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    For a naturally conceived pregnancy to occur it requires normal egg production (ovulation) by the ovaries, normal healthy sperm both in structure (shape or morphology) and the ability to swim (motility), and normal fallopian tubes and uterus.

    During intercourse the sperm will make their way through the woman's cervix into the uterus and then along the fallopian tubes. This is where the sperm will encounter an egg that has been released from the female ovary. Conception starts at the moment of fertilisation when a sperm penetrates the outer shell of the egg and an embryo is subsequently formed. Over the next four to six days the embryo moves down the fallopian tube to the uterus and implants in the lining of the uterus where it will hopefully continue to grow.
    3 Steps for conception
    Most couples have spent years trying not to fall pregnant. So, when you decide to stop using contraception (pill control) and start trying for a baby, it helps to get a little advice on where to start.

    There are three important ways you can improve your chances of falling pregnant naturally:

  • Understand your pregnancy window, and determine the best time in your cycle to have intercourse.

  • Improve your health, diet and lifestyle – for both partners.

  • See a GP to ensure you are (both) in good health.

  • Early pregnancy care at STAR ICSI IVF
    Our fertility specialists are experts in reproductive issues, including early pregnancy care.

    The STAR ICSI IVF Miscarriage Care Program provides support for couples who have experienced the distress of miscarriage, and includes:
  • Testing to investigate possible causes of miscarriage,

  • Specialised care during the next pregnancy, including blood tests, and hormonal and ultrasound monitoring to provide reassurance throughout the first stages of pregnancy.

  • Embryo screening (or PGT-A)
    The most common reason why IVF is unsuccessful is chromosomal variations (aneuploidy) in an embryo. So with PGT-A Melbourne IVF utilises the most up to date science. We can screen all chromosomes in the developing embryo and select the embryo with the greatest likelihood of pregnancy success.
    Your fertility specialist will guide you if PGT-A testing of embryos is suited to your case.
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