After having a healthy baby in my first pregnancy (full -term, natural birth - no specific problems other than some cramps, nausea, and fatigue which are normal) 3 years ago, I have now gone through 3 miscarriages in the last 2 years. The fetus was not developing, and I lost my babies within the first 3 months of pregnancy. The doctors had decided to wait after the 3rd miscarriage to start testing. Other than a hormone test I will be doing in a couple of weeks, are there what other tests are there to find out what caused the miscarriage, given the fact that I've already been through a full-term pregnancy? I have also read that the progesterone testing is pretty much debated accross the medical field, so what are the odds that hormone is of issue? I don't have a problem conceiving, but my husband and I are beginning to be afraid of trying again, as it is very emotionally difficult.
Auh, The whole hormone issue. Well I know that your hormones are tied to you getting pregnant and keeping the pregancy so yes they are very important. Now with the progesterone is why I am writing you! The reason your dr did not test your progesterone was because insurance (and bad dr's!!) say not to test till you have had three losses! Very bad practicing!
Now I have had 5 pregnancy's. Now if you can keep track of this.
1. twins and I lost the one twin at 5 weeks, son was premature by 3 1/2 weeks
2. triplets M/C at 9 1/2 weeks
3. twins and I lost the twin at 6-7 weeks, daughter was 5 weeks premature
4. twins and I lost the twin at 8 weeks , daughter born at 30 1/2 weeks gestation 9 1/2 weeks early! She was ok and come home in 14 days:)
5. My only single birth that I know of she was born at 23 weeks and died shortly after birth.
Now only if they had tested me each time I would not have lost "7" babies!! Who ever told you this was debated is WRONG!!! I used to live in Cincinnati OH and they would of tested once I MC 3 times but not sooner! Now that I am trying for another after having a tubal reversal they looked into fertility testing before to see why I had lost them. My progesterone was low!! Now the thing with progesterone is that your leveld have to go up to keep the estrogen away that triggers your period. If your levels are not high enough your estrogen will trigger your uterine linning to shed and shed the baby that is trying to hold on! This is something they know about but for some reason do anot alway test for. I know people ahve MC for other reasons but I heard from 4 RE that if progesterone is waht causes at least 80% of MC! Believe me or not but I had myself studied and all my babies were tested when I lost them except Emma who was born alive. THere were no genetic factors or placenta issues. No infections and no problems with my eggs or husbands sperm. They said that when you are pregnant you preogesterone goes up why, again to ward off your period and the estrogen. Well when I had twins it went up high enough that I lost the twin but the other baby survived because the twin had the levels up high enough for one. I had bleeding and cramping my whole pregnancy with each one. Low progesterone will cause premature birth as well. Now most dr's will take you off the progesterone around 12 weeks some around 10-11 when the placenta works to keep the baby alive. Some woman have to take it till 36 weeks , any longer and the baby could stay to long.
So I guess what I am stressing is that hormones play a big part and progesterone caused me to MC and have all mine premature. My progesterone was 6.4 and I am now on suppliments from the second day after O in case I get pregnant so I will not MC.
I hope you push for all testing and find a dr that will treat you before like me if you are low! And or find the reason you MC. There is always a reason! Sometimes they have to check the fetal tissue (placenta and babies blood for cromasonal issues) and check you! If you ever have a threated MC agin have them check your HCG quantative and progeseterone levels. They go hand in hand and can save your baby if it is your progesterone! I know a woman who got hers tested and she was bleeding wearing a pad and her hcg was dropping then went back up after a 200mg progesterone supository. The pills and shots have to go through your system before they get were they need to go but the suppositories go straight to the uterus and the baby! That is what I take.
Best of luck and I hope they get to the bottom of this and you never have to loose a baby again!!!!!! I know that must be real hard on you and your husband, but there is hope so don't give up! A healthy baby is waiting I am sure. I had my tubes triple burned becasue after the loss of my daughter I was afraid to loose another one! I ened up loosing a baby even though I do not know how it happened. But I am reamrried to a wonderful man and it has been almost 8 years since Emma passed. I really feel like I missed out on alot so we chose to have a tubal reversal. We are happily trying and I got tested and have all bases covered. I am being floowed closely too by a dr I trust! That is very important. I know you feel afraid but once you know about your tests you will feel better and you will not regret trying for that healthy baby you want so bad. Let me know how your tests go. I will pray for you both!!
I think w/three losses that your doctor should do progesterone checks on you - in fact I think at this point you might want to talk to a fertility specialist before going any further & perhaps have further testing on you - hormone issues, thyroid, the whole sha-bang if that makes sense.
It could be just a fluke - that for some reason the egg quality wasn't there. I don't know how old you are but unfortunately egg quality becomes an issue especially after a certain point which is another reason why consultation w/a re would be beneficial.
Three m/c's are a lot to deal with - I don't blame you for wanting to see what the problem is - perhaps you can get some answers soon! - jen
Thanks for all your replies..
I don't know about the insurance thing, I live in Canada. I don't know if this is standard to wait for 3 mc before starting to do testing. I don't think they did any tests on the fetus, either. At least, I wasn't told anything or if there have been any results. I don't have problems getting pregnant, it's the STAYING pregnant that i have problems with. My aunt (she is not a doctor, or a nurse) told me that usually, doctors start testing right after the miscarriage, with the fetus, and blood tests from the mother, to try to figure out what happened, then if they want to do the hormone tests, they do testing after a month, when the hormone levels are low again. I guess I was just wondering about the waiting part, cause she had asked me if dr had done any tests before, when I had my second mc, and I had told her that they would wait until the 3rd mc to start testing. she just thought it was weird that they would'nt at least do tests off of the fetus, just to rule out any chromosome or genetic issue prior to do a hormone testing, just cause of the fact that they should try to avoid any miscarriage, not wait until the next one to start seeing what is wrong, and then maybe the one after that to do more testing, etc.. I told her that that was what the dr told me, and that I suppose the dr and hospital has everything they need and they know what to do... but now I wonder if this is standard practice, or if I should find another dr?? I really don't want to go through another miscarriage...
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