How to Approach Fertility Treatment after a Miscarriage
Washington Fertility Center understands that patients who experienced a miscarriage after undergoing fertility treatment, or those who struggle with recurrent miscarriage, come to our practice with a heavy heart. Our team works hard to provide an open, compassionate environment where worries and concerns are taken seriously and made a top priority. We also acknowledge that facing another round of fertility treatment after a miscarriage or facing treatment for the first time after repeated miscarriages can be both disappointing and daunting.
Miscarriage is very common, but most women will never realize just how common it is. About 10% to 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, with 80% of miscarriages occurring within the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy. Sometimes, patients wish to restart or begin fertility treatment as soon as possible after a miscarriage occurs, while others wish to take some time to themselves first and consider treatment later. Both courses are 100% respected by our practice, though patients are encouraged to consult with their fertility specialist if they believe their age to be a concern.
A new approach
Depending on your diagnosis and medical history, your fertility specialist may recommend a change to your fertility treatment plan if a miscarriage has occurred. Perhaps he or she believes in vitro fertilization (IVF) is needed as an alternative to another round of intrauterine insemination (IUI) or that genetic testing is necessary to determine if a genetic condition is causing you to miscarry. It is important that patients openly discuss their concerns about miscarriage with their fertility doctor during these discussions so he or she can help ensure that you understand why a specific treatment plan has been recommended.
Support groups are available for fertility patients, LGBT families and single people using third-party reproduction to have a baby, as well as those who miscarry. These support groups take place in person or online; they can be female-only, male-only or for couples. You can discuss as much or as little as you wish during a support group meeting. Finding a support group who best meets your needs and provides comfort can be a substantial step toward finding relief from the stress and emotional strain of a miscarriage.
If you have questions about fertility treatment after a miscarriage or treatment for recurrent miscarriage (defined as three or more), please contact Washington Fertility Center today.