Tests after miscarriage

As the majority of couples women go on to have a healthy pregnancy after a miscarriage, tests are not usually offered until three or more early losses have occurred in a row.

If a woman has suffered a second trimester miscarriage then this will be investigated.

Couples who suffer three or more miscarriages in a row are diagnosed to have recurrent miscarriage, which can be explained or unexplained after investigative tests at a specialist unit for miscarriage.

Blood tests

These can be used to check for complications such as blood clotting disorders, polycystic ovaries and high levels of antibodies which can affect pregnancy.

Physical checks

Differences in the shape of your womb can increase the risk of recurrent miscarriage and premature birth.  There are a number of ways to investigate the shape of your womb, and, depending on the findings, surgery may be offered to improve things.

Unfortunately, there are currently very few treatments which have been proven to work to prevent miscarriage.

You do have another option: to be referred to a hospital involved in miscarriage research.  These hospitals are likely to offer you some different tests and the opportunity to take part in trials or new treatments.

It might mean you have to travel further for treatment but there is some evidence that women who take part in medical trials have slightly better outcomes than those who do not.

 

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

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