Miscarriage Myths

I recently blogged here about new information related to miscarriage: that smog can increase the risk of miscarriage and that it is no longer generally thought that one needs to wait to try to conceive after a miscarriage. This is a policy that we have followed for some time; not new to us.

Now in an article in Self, …

No Wait After Miscarriage

It was traditional to tell patients to wait three months after a miscarriage before trying to conceive. There was no scientific evidence that the wait was beneficial and for a long time I have been telling patients that they can try to conceive after their first period following the miscarriage. After the emotional disappointment from a miscarriage it’s very difficult …

Miscarriage Misinformation on Twitter

Losing a pregnancy because of a miscarriage can be a difficult and painful experience, one that people often don’t talk about even among friends and family. Women who suffer miscarriages can feel shame and isolation. Some even blame themselves.

There are also many public misperceptions of miscarriage. For example, more than half of the respondents to a 2015 survey incorrectly …

Stress Linked to Miscarriage Risk

Women who have experienced more psychological stress might be at greater risk of having a miscarriage, according to a review of studies. Researchers from universities in the United Kingdom and China found that women who reported a history of these emotionally taxing experiences increased their risk of miscarriage by up to 42 percent.

For the review, the team included eight …

Some Antibiotics Linked to Miscarriage

Taking certain types of antibiotics during early pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of miscarriage, according to a new study from Canada.

The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that certain types of antibiotics such as macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides and metronidazole led to a “60% to two-fold” increase in the risk of miscarriage. The study …

Aspirin May Help Decrease Miscarriage Rates in Women with Inflammation

A new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism finds that low dose aspirin may help women with chronic low-grade inflammation and prior pregnancy losses achieve and maintain a pregnancy.  The study looked at the effects of low dose aspirin on over 1200 women who had previously lost one or two pregnancies.  Women with high CRP levels, …

Progesterone Treatment May Help Prevent Miscarriages

A new study shows that for women who have had multiple miscarriages, treatment with progesterone may help their chances of having a successful pregnancy.  This study, which was recently published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, showed that 68% of women who received progesterone supplementation went on to have a successful pregnancy compared to 51% who did not receive progesterone.…

Progesterone may not help with recurrent pregnancy loss (miscarriages)

Giving progesterone to women who have had three or more miscarriages does not improve their chances of carrying a pregnancy to term, according to a new study.

Researchers had hoped that pregnant women who were given supplemental progesterone early in their first trimester would be less likely to miscarry than women who did not have it. Previous studies suggested that …

Heparin may not help in recurrent pregnancy loss

Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) does not increase ongoing pregnancy or live-birth rates in women with a viable pregnancy and unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), according to a new study.

“Our data show that LMWH prescribed to women with unexplained RPL and a viable pregnancy does not increase live-birth rates. Moreover, our data show that any effect LMWH may have is minimal,” …

ASRM ABSTRACTS: Two studies relating to recurrent miscarriage

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, former partner and Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes

At ASRM 2013 two abstracts discuss studies to deal with the …