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Monday, July 25, 2016


After Miscarriage, Non Surgical Treatment

I was always a bit afraid to have a D & C after a miscarriage.
 The instruments look quite sharp and there can be complications long-term such as scarring and permanent damage to the uterus. Additionally, you must undergo surgery, anesthesia, and all of the associated costs (even if you have insurance, there's usually a hefty deductible). This article talks about a drug which can help the uterus expel the nonviable pregnancy. It certainly should be looked at as an alternative to a D & C. Read more

The study authors wrote that pregnancy failure, or miscarriage, occurs in 15 percent of pregnancies. With miscarriage, in some cases, a fetus dies in the womb, explained the study’s first author from the Epidemiology Branch of NICHD’s Division of Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention Research. In other cases, a fetus may no longer be present, and women may carry a placenta and sac of amniotic fluid.

In all of these cases, the standard treatment is a surgical procedure known as vacuum aspiration. In this procedure, the cervix is dilated, and a suction device is used to remove the uterine contents.

See Also: D and C After Miscarriage (

For the current study, researchers had enrolled 652 women who experienced pregnancy failure. Of these, 491 were assigned at random to receive misoprostol. The rest of the women underwent vacuum aspiration.

By the end of the third day, 71 percent of the women receiving misoprostol experienced complete uterine expulsion. After 5 more days had passed, a total of 84 percent of the misoprostol group had complete uterine expulsion. The misoprostol treatment failed for 16 percent of the group, however. In contrast, 3 percent of the vacuum aspiration group experienced treatment failure, and needed to undergo the procedure a second time. Complications from either misoprostol or vacuum aspiration — uterine hemorrhage and infection of the uterine lining — were rare, occurring in less than 1 percent of each group.


Saturday, July 23, 2016


Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss Low If First Visit Normal

We all know that there are danger signs when you're pregnant.
For example if you have bleeding, spotting or cramping, this could mean you're at risk to miscarry (although I had some of these things with my successful pregnancy). If you don't have these symptoms, it's a good sign that your pregnancy will progress normally.
Many women hold off telling others about their pregancy until after the first trimester.  Usually if there is going to be a problem, it would have happened by then.


(Reuters Health) - For pregnant women without symptoms, and who have ultrasound evidence that their fetus is viability at the first prenatal visit, the risk of subsequent miscarriage is less than 2 percent — well below previously reported rates — according to a large study conducted in Australia.

The overall risk of miscarriage once a woman knows she is pregnant is 12 to 15 percent, the researchers note in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Even after ultrasound has confirmed that the fetus is healthy, studies have shown that early miscarriage rates can be as high as 12 percent.

However, no studies have exclusively investigated the miscarriage risk among women without symptoms, such as vaginal bleeding or lower abdominal pain, Dr. Stephen Tong, from Monash University in Victoria, and colleagues point out.

Tong's group conducted a study with 696 asymptomatic women carrying one fetus who attended their first prenatal visit between 6 and 11 weeks of pregnancy. Ultrasound exams documented fetal cardiac activity.

Eleven patients (1.6 percent) had a miscarriage before 20 weeks. The risk was relatively high at 9.4 percent among the women who were 6 weeks pregnant, falling to 1.5 percent among those who were 8-weeks pregnant, and less than 0.7 percent from 9 weeks onward.

The study was conducted in a regular prenatal clinic, "not a specialized early pregnancy clinic or an ultrasound department," Tong's group points out, and none of the attending physicians who performed the initial ultrasonography had any formal subspecialty qualifications.

"Consequently, we believe that our data could be extrapolated generally to health care providers provided that they are able to offer office ultrasonography to confirm viability at that visit," the team surmises.

Ford's group concludes that, for asymptomatic women who have their first prenatal visit between 8 and 11 weeks of pregnancy and do not have pregnancy risk factors, "our data may be useful as a counseling tool to reassure such women at the end of their first prenatal visit that their risk of loss is already very low."

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Weight and Fertility

Guest Post By Alexandra Beris, M.D.

There is a definite association between a woman's weight and her capability of becoming pregnant. Being overweight oftentimes affects the menstrual cycle, causing irregular cycles or straight out amenorrhea (lack of periods).
The underlying mechanism responsible for this is lack of normal ovulation. Women who are overweight or obese are significantly more prone to ovulatory problems as compared to women of normal weight (see the explanation below). In other words, overweight women may either have a poor quality ovulation, or may not ovulate altogether. Under these circumstances, since no egg is produced by the ovaries, conception is impossible.
Why does obesity affect ovulation? Well, here's the medical explanation: Fat cells naturally produce estrone, which is a hormone of estrogen type. This occurs during the normal metabolism of fat cells, due to the conversion of a precursor hormone called DHEA into estrone. The more fat cells one has in the body (i.e., the greater one's weight), the more estrone will be generated by these cells and released into the bloodstream. This in turn suppresses the hypothalamus and pituitary gland (which are responsible for regulating the ovarian function), and leads to ovulation problems including anovulatory cycles (i.e., absence of ovulation).


This link between excessive weight and fertility is scientifically proven and has been amply documented. Lately, however, studies have proven that fertility may be affected even in overweight women with normal ovulatory function. The mechanism responsible for this is not clear, but is quite likely linked to a poor quality of ovulation, probably due to the altered balance of hormones in the organism (i.e., too much estrone versus estradiol). Estrone, the hormone produced by fat cells, is a weaker estrogen hormone than estradiol (the hormone produced by the ovaries). The altered ratio of these hormones in overweight women may lead to ovulation of poor quality, i.e. the release of an egg Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved which is not ready to be fertilized.
Even if such an egg is fertilized, the implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine wall may be impaired. In other words, due to the altered hormonal balance in the body, the uterus is not ready to accept the fertilized egg. In such cases, the product of conception is lost in the very early stages (days after fertilization occurred), and the woman is never aware that fertilization even took place.
To take it one step further, overweight women who do get pregnant are at greater risk for miscarriage and other pregnancy complications, including pregnancy-induced diabetes and hypertension.
The fertility treatments currently available rely on stimulation of ovarian hormone production in the body, which may unfortunately result in even more weight gain. Therefore, an overweight woman who successfully undergoes fertility treatments is quite likely setting herself up for a higher risk pregnancy.
In conclusion: Excessive weight is a problem that should be addressed prior to becoming pregnant. A judicious weight loss program may restore the normal ovulatory function and avert the need for fertility treatments altogether. A weight loss program meant to restore normal ovulation and fertility is greatly augmented by the following:
  • Vitamin and Mineral supplements
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Omega3 supplements or foods naturally rich in omega3 fatty acids (e.g. wild fish, walnuts, etc)
  • Increased fiber intake, preferably from fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Adherence to a healthy lifestyle, which means proper physical exercise and a healthy diet
Anecdotally, the vast majority of women affected by infertility which I encountered in my practice were also overweight or obese. Most were not aware or chose to ignore their weight problem as a cause for their failure to conceive.
Again, when seeking help from a fertility clinic, it is quite likely for the weight problem to be entirely overlooked, and for the patient to be started right away on heavy-duty hormonal treatments. So, one has to make an individual choice to address excessive weight prior to seeking such treatments.
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Disclaimer: This article does not constitute medical advice, and is not meant to substitute the professional advice of your physician. For any issues pertaining to your personal health care, please consult with your physician.
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Dr. Beris is an internist with 15 years practice experience. Her website shares her personal experience with weight management and related health issues.
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Monday, July 18, 2016


Miscarriage can be quite a common event.  According to this article and survey, most people are under the impression that miscarriage is a rare event and are shocked to find out that it is quite common.  One reason of this misconception is that people are reluctant to talk about it.  I can certainly relate to this.  I experienced six miscarriages before I had my daughter.  Even though I talk about it now, at the time I was going through it, it was not only heartbreaking, but humiliating, embarrasing and a very private matter.  Read more:


The survey came about after Dr. Zev Williams realized that many of his patients had misconceptions about miscarriage. "I'd tell them how common a miscarriage was, and they seemed shocked," says Williams, an OB-GYN who directs the Program for Early and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

In fact, between 15 percent and 20 percent of clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage, defined as a pregnancy loss earlier than 20 weeks of gestation. (Pregnancy loss after that point is called a stillbirth.) Miscarriage is actually "by far the most common complication of pregnancy," says Williams. He and his colleagues wanted to find out how widespread some of the mistaken beliefs about miscarriage are.

Friday, July 15, 2016


A long time ago, in a stress management class, I recall learning that what causes stress and anxiety is our perception and reaction to events and not the events themselves.

 This article talks about how women who have miscarriages may deal with grief differently. Read more:

See Also: Natural Remedies for miscarriage (  

“It’s the individual’s perception of the event, as opposed to the actual reality of the events associated with the loss, that has the greatest impact on grief reactions,” says Pamela Geller, PhD, an associate clinical and health psychology professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Giving the developing fetus a name, preparing the nursery and the like increases the level of yearning for the lost baby, according to a study published in Assessment (Vol. 9, No. 1, pages 31–40). In fact, yearning for the lost baby distinguishes perinatal bereavement from depression, according to the same study.

Miscarriage raises the level of psychiatric symptoms in women. But whereas gestational age intensifies grief, the length of pregnancy seems to have no bearing on major depression, says Geller, who’s co-authored a comprehensive review of the literature on affective disorders in the aftermath of miscarriage, published in 2002 in the Archives of Women’s Mental Health (Vol. 5, No. 4, pages 129–149).

What does lead to depressive symptoms after miscarriage? A big risk factor is childlessness. The relative risk of major depressive disorder among childless women who’d had a miscarriage was 5 percent, as compared with 1.3 percent for miscarrying women with children, according to a 1997 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Vol. 277, No. 19, page 1517). 


Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Red Raspberry Should Be Safe In Pregnancy

There are a number of teas that are supposed to be good for regulating hormones and strengthening the reproductive system.  Most fertility blends include it.  However,  there is some information out there that Red Raspberry may contribute to miscarriage.


 According to this article, that is based on old information. Read more:

Some medical and popular media make reference to raspberry leaf tea as something to avoid during pregnancy for risk of miscarriage. This notion stems from a study conducted in 1954 where fractions were isolated from Rubus sp. and applied in vitro to the uterine tissues of guinea pigs and frogs. The scientists discovered such things as one fraction acted as a spasmolytic whereas another caused uterine contractions. Herein lies the risk of isolating the parts of a whole. When used as a whole plant, neither action is exacerbated and the herb is deemed safe. If a mother is prone to miscarriages she may feel safer avoiding raspberry until the third trimester. This is an herb with centuries of safe use behind it, there is usually little cause for concern.

Monday, July 11, 2016


They're not sure why, but women with morning sickness statistically do have a lower rate of miscarriage.
 I've always heard that sickness may indicate strong hormones.  I actually had quite a bit of nause with all my pregnancies, even my successful one.

See also: for more on ways to prevent miscarriage and have a successful pregnancy

Here is an article that gives some possible reasons why morning sickness may be a good sign:

Studies have shown a lower rate of miscarriage among women with nausea and vomiting of any severity during pregnancy. The most recent, published in The International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2006, found that of 7,000 women studied, those who had nausea in the first three months were far less likely to miscarry. That appeared to support a study by the National Institutes of Health that found that women who had morning sickness in the first four months of pregnancy were 30 percent less likely to miscarry.

The reasons are unclear. Increased nausea and vomiting are associated with higher levels of a hormone produced by healthy placental tissue, and one theory suggests that the sickness may help women avoid foods that could harm a developing fetus. 


Thursday, July 07, 2016


Pregnancy Over 40, Are Frequent Ultrasounds Safe?

I was absolutely terrified my entire pregnancy. After six miscarriages, it was hard for me to believe that everything was actually going right for once!

See also for more on risk of miscarriage in pregnancy

 Even though my pregnancy was completely normal, I was monitored VERY closely my OB doctor. She always made me feel at ease and she never contributed to my paranoia, but she kept a very watchful eye on my pregnancy considering my age and past history. I had numerous ultrasounds while I was pregnant - but I worried about that too since I had heard that certain aspects of ultrasounds might be harmful.
I still believe that you should only undergo medical procedures if they are absolutely necessary.
Here is an article that addresses the issue:

  • A study conducted at an American University has proof of the fact that the radioactive waves of the ultrasound have a negative impact on the growth of the brain of the foetus. This research was done on pregnant mice.
  • Frequent ultrasounds apparently hinder the natural division of cells in the foetus. Although studies have not been conducted on humans to tell for sure of the effects of frequent ultrasounds, but experiments conducted on mice and other non-human primates’ show otherwise.
  • Researchers are also of the opinion that frequent ultrasound during pregnancy can actually damage the DNA of cells and may also trigger a tumour suppressor gene called p53 that is responsible for controlling cell death. This is a situation of worry because mutations in the p53 gene have been found to be one of the triggers for cancer in humans.
  • Another study that was conducted in Perth, in Australia showed that women, who had frequent ultrasounds during their pregnancy, gave birth to lower birth weight babies. Also, in intrauterine growth of the foetus of these pregnant women was more restricted.
  • A Canadian research was carried out on children within the ages of 2 and 8 for delayed speech. It was seen that children who had been exposed to frequent ultrasounds as foetuses were more susceptible to delay in speech development.


Tuesday, July 05, 2016


We frequently focus on the emotional and physical aspects of miscarriage.  It is devastating no matter what.  But to add insult to injury, the financial cost can be devastating as well.    If you're anything like me, you pay high premiums, high deductibles and any visit to a doctor or (god forbid) you step into a hospital, the charges multiply exponentially.  Here is an article about the unbelievably high cost of miscarriage, especially if there are complications:

There aren’t solid numbers on the average dollar amount that American hospitals bill for D&Cs, but Medicaid data on other procedures show surgical costs are all over the place. Uninsured women are paying between $4,000 and $9,000, according to anecdotal accounts from Susan Berke Fogel, the director of reproductive health at the National Health Law Program. Insured women are self-reporting out-of-pocket expenses between $250 and $1,200, depending on their co-payments and deductibles.



  If you drop into any online forum devoted to pregnancy, you will find a sad and robust subsection for women dealing with miscarriage. About 25 percent of known pregnancies will end in miscarriage, and the vast majority of those pregnancies will be lost in the first trimester. Most of the posts discuss emotional pain. A typical subject line reads, “a year later and still feeling like it happened yesterday.” Or, “no heart beat. fifth loss :(.” In addition to the grief, many of these women are handling another kind of hurt: financial pain, especially for women already near the economic brink.

Friday, July 01, 2016


Pounds between pregnancy and miscarriage

I've written about some of the dangers of gaining too much weight during a pregnancy, but the article below addresses how gaining weight between pregnancies can be dangerous as well.  Even as little as 7 lbs can be problematic.  Read more:

From the article:

Researchers found that gaining weight during that interval — not during the pregnancy itself — raised the risk of such complications as diabetes and high blood pressure during the second pregnancy, and even stillbirth.

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Pregnant women with diabetes or high blood pressure are at risk of convulsions or organ damage, which in severe cases, can be fatal.  

Overall, the new study says gaining 1 or 2 BMI units increases the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy by up to 40 percent. Gaining 3 or more units raised the risk of a stillbirth by 63 percent.

From: (

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


It seems like my period was rather variable after having a miscarriage.
Sometimes the bleeding would start right away, and other times it would take 6-8 weeks. It probably depends how far along the pregnancy was since hcG can stay in your system for quite a while.   One of my pregnancies had an HcG level that kept rising, even thought he pregnancy itself was not viable.  In this case, they suspected the worst:  a molar pregnancy (this is when the cells can turn malignant and keep growing).  Fortunately, I did not have a molar pregnancy, but they did recommend that I have a D &C.

 Here is an article that addresses how long it can take to resume your regular cycle:

Every woman is different, but generally you can expect to get your period in four to six weeks. Some women get their period just a couple weeks later, while some women do not get their period for three or more months. Your specific situation will be different than any other womans. So, when do I start counting from now until four weeks, you might ask? You should expect to get your period about four weeks after a D&C and you might expect to see your period around six weeks after a miscarriage that did not require a D&C. Remember that what is normal really varies widely, but if something doesnt feel right or it has been more than 12 weeks you might want to put a call into your doctor to be sure that all is well.
See Also: Determining A Miscarriage By Body Temperature (

Also, you need to remember that if you are having unprotected sex, you can become pregnant again soon after having a miscarriage. It is generally thought that you are not fertile for four to six weeks after a miscarriage, but many women have conceived as little as two weeks after a miscarriage. If it has been a few weeks since your miscarriage and you havent see your period and you have symptoms of pregnancy, it wouldnt be out of the question to buy a home pregnancy test to be sure that you are not pregnant, stranger things have happened! 


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