I’m Struggling With Recurrent Miscarriage.  Can You Help?  – Forbes Health

I’m Struggling With Recurrent Miscarriage. Can You Help? – Forbes Health

As noted earlier, the most common cause of a miscarriage is related to chromosomal abnormalities of the fetus, and one of the most successful advancements in assisted reproductive technology, preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), has significantly improved pregnancy rates for those who have experienced recurrent miscarriages.

Often part of IVF treatment protocol—and a technique I am proud to say I helped pioneer—PGT is used to determine whether an embryo is considered aneuploid, or chromosomally abnormal. These embryos mostly fail to implant, but can lead to a pregnancy that miscarries or rarely, to a child being born with health problems. PGT tests can detect a range of genetic conditions prenatally, including cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, Tay–Sachs syndrome, Marfan syndrome and other single-gene disorders. It also allows for the transfer of the healthiest embryos that will give aspiring parents the greatest chances of bringing home a healthy baby and reduce their risk of experiencing additional loss.

In addition to reducing miscarriage risks, studies have also shown that PGT is beneficial in reducing a multiples pregnancy, as selecting the healthiest embryos enables single embryo transfers in IVF treatment. While the idea of ​​multiples might seem fun, it doesn’t come without risk to the pregnant person and babies. Through PGT, we can transfer just one tested, healthy embryo to achieve the same pregnancy rate as transferring multiple untested embryos, but with a much smaller chance of a high-risk multiple pregnancy.

While PGT has benefits from both a physical and emotional perspective, it also has financial benefits because it ultimately reduces the number of transfers needed to be successful. By testing embryos and prioritizing the best ones, fewer transfer cycles are needed to have an ongoing pregnancy. Along with financial considerations (as PGT testing can be expensive), some believe there are ethical implications to keep in mind with PGT, too, so be sure to do your research on this type of testing beforehand.

While miscarriage is a risk we take when building a family, I hope you take comfort in knowing that there are proven technologies that can help you carry and bring home a baby. And every day, doctors like myself continue researching, studying and improving these techniques to help you have the family you deserve.

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