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Trouble Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage

Trouble Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage

 

Some say experiencing a miscarriage is like enduring an invisible loss. You mourn what could have been, and to others, they may not be able to understand or fully empathize with the hopes you had and the loss you feel. Making things more difficult is if you are given the go-ahead to try again, but you’re having trouble getting pregnant after a miscarriage. Below, we review when you should see a doctor, what conditions may impact your fertility, and, most importantly, options you can explore to help you achieve a healthy pregnancy.

 

Trouble Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage: How Long Have You Been Trying to Conceive?

 

If you’re having trouble getting pregnant after a miscarriage, you may wonder when you seek the help of a fertility specialist. If you are a woman and are under the age of 35, and have been actively trying to conceive for at least one year OR if you’re over the age of 35 and have been actively trying to conceive for at least six months, you should also see a doctor. Lastly, if any of the below describes your situation, you should consider seeing a fertility doctor sooner rather than later:

 

      Have experienced missed or irregular periods

      Are having difficulty tracking when you ovulate

      Have been diagnosed with or suspect you have endometriosis

      Have been diagnosed with or suspect you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome    

      Have been diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) pelvic pain

      Have endured two or more miscarriages (known as Recurrent Pregnancy Loss)

 

Trouble Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss?

 

Most miscarriages happen within the first fourteen to twenty weeks of pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), 10 to 25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will result in a miscarriage. Therefore, having a miscarriage is, and even having trouble getting pregnant after a miscarriage, is more common than most realize. However, it can still feel isolating when it happens to you.

 

If this was your second or even your third miscarriage, you might want to speak to your doctor about something called ‘Recurrent Pregnancy Loss.’ According to the ASRM, RPL is more than two pregnancy losses. There are several potential causes for RPL. It could be caused by autoimmune issues, endocrine issues, chromosomal abnormalities of the embryo or uterine anomalies. Regardless of how long you’ve been trying to expand your family, if you’ve experienced several pregnancy losses, you should seek medical care.

 

Trouble Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage: What can help?

 

While miscarriages can never be entirely prevented, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the possibility of future pregnancy losses.

 

For example, if it’s determined you have uterine anomalies or an autoimmune issue that might prevent your body from carrying a pregnancy, surrogacy is an option.

 

Another example is chromosomal abnormalities, which is the cause for roughly 70 percent of miscarriages. You can speak to your doctor about In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with Pre-implantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy. PGT-A can screen for abnormalities in embryos before transfer. PGT-A can potentially increase your chances of a pregnancy as it informs your doctor which embryos are considered chromosomally healthy. You may also want to ask about donor eggs and if that’s something they recommend in your case.

 

Having difficulty conceiving and even having a miscarriage are unfortunately common. However, suppose you’ve been having trouble getting pregnant after a miscarriage for a notable amount of time, or you’ve had multiple miscarriages. In that case, we hope you now understand that medical assistance is not only recommended, but it can significantly decrease your chances of any additional heartbreak. Reproductive technology has made incredible advancements, and if your doctor and fertility treatment is what may be the course of action to having a healthy family.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about family building.

Family Building Options for Lesbian Couples

Family Building Options for Lesbian Couples

 

There are more and more options for expanding your family. At Surrogacy Miracles Consulting, we support y lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people interested in becoming parents, and walking them through all of their options. In this blog, we will review how same-sex female couples, in particular, can have a baby.

 

IUI versus IVF

 

Artificial Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) with donor sperm is a form of assisted reproductive technology. Up until the last decade, it’s how the majority of same-sex female couples expanded their family. The sperm is donated either from a sperm bank, friend, or a known donor. The woman who would be the mother goes through taking hormone medications to produce more eggs than she would during a natural cycle. A fertility doctor would then take the sperm and release it through a very thin catheter into the woman’s cervix.

 

IUI is less invasive and less expensive than other options, which is why some feel it’s the right fit for them.

 

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the process of extracting eggs and manually combining an egg with sperm in a laboratory dish. Any embryos that develop would be transferred to the uterus of either a gestational carrier or the woman intending on carrying the pregnancy.

When it comes to success rates, IUI tends to be lower than IVF. There are also factors to take into consideration when speaking to your doctor. They include your age, your overall health, fertility history, and family-building goals. Your reproductive endocrinologist can help you decide what would work best for you and your particular situation.

Putting all of these aspects together, something to keep in mind is that while IUI is not as pricey, because it’s success rates are typically lower, and it might take several cycles to achieve a pregnancy. Therefore, you may want to move right to IVF to increase the chances of a pregnancy. IVF also allows the option of genetic testing (which is not possible with IUI) should that be a path you’d like to pursue.

 

Reciprocal (or Partner) In Vitro Fertilization

 

Now that we’ve walked you through the IVF process, we can explain what Reciprocal IVF is and why same-sex female couples are exploring this as an option more frequently. With Reciprocal IVF, Partner A taking hormone injections to produce eggs. After the eggs have been fertilized, the embryo(s) would be transferred to Partner B to carry the baby. Some lesbian couples like this option as it involves both Partner A and Partner B in the creation of a child. It’s one-way Assisted Reproductive Technology can make it possible for same-sex females to have a shared experience.

 

Other Options

 

There are, of course, other ways to same-sex female couples can have to expand their family. They are:

 

      Donor Eggs or Donor Embryos. Using eggs that were donated either directly to you, through a frozen egg bank or something that is referred to as a shared donor (who donates to several couples). Similar to donor eggs, some couples have embryos they do not plan on using after they went through IVF, and they donate them for other couples to use.

      Surrogacy. If neither of you are comfortable or able to carry a child, you could work with a gestational carrier. This would entail deciding which partner would use her eggs, or you could use donor eggs or embryos (see above), fertilize them with donor sperm, and the surrogate would carry the child. The surrogate can be someone you know or someone we’d be happy to match you with.

      Adoption: Adoption is another option. There are several avenues you can investigate should you like to adopt a child. Whether it’s through domestic agencies, international, or through the foster care system, we strongly recommended you do research on each one.

 

If you’d like to discuss any of the above options, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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