The Mayo Clinic estimates that as many as one in 20 women experience two miscarriages in a row while about 1% of women experience three or more consecutive miscarriages.
If you’ve had three consecutive miscarriages or more, most doctors will be likely to investigate the following potential causes:
- Uterine or cervical issues:
A weakened cervix or oddly shaped uterus is one of the more common causes for repeat miscarriages and may be able to be surgically repaired.
- Chromosomal alterations:
Certain genetic components can make either the sperm or egg more prone to miscarriage.
- Blood-clotting problems:
Some women are more prone to blood clotting in their uterus (due to a variety of known autoimmune reactions), which can impair placental function and oxygen transfer to the fetus to such a degree it causes miscarriage.
- Progesterone Deficiency:
When progesterone levels are too low, your blood supply to your baby is compromised, your muscles fail to relax properly in anticipation of their stretching and your immune system is not particularly welcoming. Low progesterone is one of the most common triggers for first trimester bleeding - even prior to miscarriage and is treatable with a bio-identical progesterone supplement.
Whatever the actual cause of your miscarriages, the heartbreak can be overwhelming for couples who want a child. There is no single best way to cope with the loss, but it’s critical that you openly deal with your grief as it arises rather than repress or stifle the pain in an attempt to put on a happy face for family, friend or co-workers.