When can I be tested for a problem and what tests can I have?

Tests to investigate causes of miscarriage are generally not offered until a woman has had 3 or more confirmed early losses in a row.

If you suffer a second trimester (late) miscarriage then the causes will be investigated after one loss. In some hospitals women may be offered investigations after two losses if other factors are relevant. Sometimes tests may be offered even if you have had other babies in between the miscarriages.

Although you may feel frustrated by the policy to test only after three consecutive miscarriages if you are keen to find out why you lost your baby, the reason for the policy is actually very positive.

It’s because although 1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage, the vast majority go on to have a healthy pregnancy the next time.

Only 1 percent of women have recurrent miscarriages – 3 or more in a row.

If you do go on to suffer recurrent miscarriages, there are a number of options for further investigations.

The first step is to ask your GP to refer you to a specialist at your local hospital. Even though investigations are not offered until after 3 early miscarriages, it is often worth seeing the GP for pre conception advice after one or two.

Read more about recovering after a miscarriage here.

Read more and tests and treatment after miscarriage here.

Last reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.

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