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    Default Testing after recurrent miscarriage...

    Hi Guys...

    We have just lost our third bub...
    1st was in July 08 - I was 9 weeks when I m/c, but u/s showed bub hadnt developed past about 5.5weeks
    2nd was in Feb 09 - I was 11weeks, went for NT scan and discovered bub had died at 8.5weeks
    3rd was last week - I got a BFP on Monday but started spotting, HCG level was 20. Only had 3 days of spotting, but HCG level was 18 on Sat.

    After the last m/c, we went to a specialist and were sent for chromosome testing (both of us) lead testing (DP) antibody and thyroid testing (me)

    What other tests should I be asking for? What tests have you had? They definitely dont think its a fertility problem, as we have conceived 3 out of 5 months of active trying!

    Any help or advice much welcome

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    I'm so sorry you lost your baby.

    As for the tests they can do:
    *progesterone levels, which, if they are low or drop during pregnancy can be boosted with pessaries.
    *laparoscopy. To see if there's anything physical going on preventing good implantation. One of my friends has a bicornuate uterus (I think that's what it's called) with an additional thin wall down the middle of the uterus. If bub implants on this wall then chances of success are really low because bub can't get enough nutrition to grow. They can surgically remove the wall though.
    *folate. I don't know much about this one but some people need extra shots of high dosage folate before and during pregnancy.
    *Blood disorders. Some of these ones are really new, but this was the cause of my miscarriages. I have a thrombophilia which causes bad implantation and clots in my placentas. I take aspirin when ttc and heparin during pregnancy and this treatment gave me a healthy (overdue!) baby 9 months ago after I saw a specialist because of my miscarriages.

    Sydney IVF have a lot of information about causes of miscarriage on the net. My OB is with Sydney IVF (though we didn't do IVF) and he was fantastic.

    Good luck! I hope they can do something to help you to carry to term next time 'round. IMO there's nothing quite as bad as loosing baby after baby.
    Last edited by Gabi; 15-04-2009 at 08:28.

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    I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't have any advice about testing but have read your journey and I'm just really sorry this has happened again. I hope you get some answers soon

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    Ask about Factor V Leiden- it's a blood clotting disorder that can lead to miscarriages and still births. I was diagnosed when i was pg with my first baby.

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    MiniNic - you poor thing. Have you asked about DNA fragmentation? my F/S said it can affect sperm and therefore cause issues with early miscarriage.

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    Thanks guys... I will be writing a list of all of the things that have been suggested and taking it to my specialist (he already knows I am a nutty researcher!)

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    ahhh nic, so sorry to hear your news.

    as you know im in the same boat. ive had some tests also and should get some results back by tomorrow. im hoping they find something so that they can fix it.

    im also going to try acupuncture and chinese herbs (first appt. tomorrow) as ive heard some promising success stories.

    i dont know about you but i want to be pregnant again ASAP. im just not sure if thats the best thing. how are you feeling?

    anyway im feeling your pain, it feels like a bit of a cruel joke to me but we're going to keep trying... once more anyway.

    bec

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    I am so sorry Nic to hear this. I too have asked for a battery of tests previously on loss and everything comes back fine for me. We are off to see my ob next week again and I am going to request another laparoscopy as I fear my endo has grown back (judging by my AF pain!!). I dont think there is any harm in asking your ob for a laparoscopy. I didnt even know I had endo until he went in for a look and discovered it in a large balloon hanging off my right ovary. Also my right tube is blocked. Anyway, hang in there. Wait till you feel a little more clear headed, take your list and see what he says. Let us know what happens. You are still young, so I know egg age is not an issue with you...it is with me.

    Huge hugs Nic

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    Hi Nic

    so so sorry for your loss

    I am probably sounding like a broken record on this website but if it helps someone from avoiding the pain of losing a pregnancy then it is worth it.

    When you get your thyroid checked don't accept "It is normal". Ask for the actual number and ask for T3 and T4 to be tested as well. Thyroid is just TSH which is the standard test.

    If your number is above 2 ask to see a specialist (encrinologist? I think)or have it further checked out because it has to be below 2 to sustain a pregnancy.

    Hope this helps and more

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    You poor thing. I don't even know what to say. How utterly heartbreaking for you.

    I have had 2 miscarriages in a row and then 2 healthy babes after. A good friend of mine lost her first 4 babies and then had threee healthy live births after, with no treatment.

    I have no real advice but just thought I would share with you the fact that sometimes it is such a nasty freaky coincidence, and the best may be just around the corner.

    I hope you find the answers you so desperately need.


 

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