Coping with miscarriage
Sadly, we know that miscarriage occurs in one in four pregnancies, so miscarriages are unfortunately quite common. It can be a heartbreaking experience for many couples, and you may want to find out if there were any major causes, and if you can reduce the risk of it happening again.
Most of our patients who experience a miscarriage go on to achieve a healthy family. However, a small percentage of couples may experience more than one consecutive miscarriage. Three or more consecutive ‘recurrent’ miscarriages affect about 0.5% of women trying to have a baby.
What causes a miscarriage?
Common causes of miscarriage include:
- random chromosome variations
- genetic variations
- parental chromosome variations
- uterine variations
- immune causes
- blood clotting disorders
- other medical conditions
- hormone imbalances.
Age is also an important factor. After a woman has turned 43, there is a 50% chance a pregnancy will miscarry.
Early pregnancy care at Queensland Fertility Group
Queensland Fertility Group clinicians are specialists in reproductive issues, and experts in managing early pregnancy care. This includes a thorough medical assessment and treatment plan for any concerns about miscarriage.
If a cause for miscarriage is found, we will discuss possible treatments to increase the chance of having a successful pregnancy. This could include IVF with Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), or other simpler options.
Advanced Embryo Selection
We offer the world’s fastest and most precise embryo selection test. By screening all chromosomes in a developing embryo we can select the embryo with the greatest chance of success.
This is a major breakthrough in providing some certainty for couples who have experienced recurrent miscarriage.
Our quest to de-stigmatise pregnancy loss
At Queensland Fertility Group, a member of Virtus Health, we want to help open-up conversations around miscarriage and de-stigmatise pregnancy loss.
We are the proud partners of a documentary available to watch on Stan, the Misunderstandings of Miscarriage, which follows Australian actress and filmmaker, Tahyna MacManus, on her four-year journey of pregnancy and miscarriage. Tahyna embarks on a quest to shed light on the physical, emotional and psychological impacts of miscarriage, as well as the lived experiences of other women in search of support and understanding.
Her quest didn't end there. Tahyna continued her journey to find out more about miscarriage by speaking to some of our fertility experts. We explore these questions together, including common myths around miscarriage, why miscarriages occur, what you as a partner can do to support each other, and advice for speaking about pregnancy loss with your friends or family members.