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Recurrent miscarriages

Having three miscarriages in a row, with the same partner, is classified as recurrent miscarriages. It's devastating and emotionally exhausting.

Recurrent miscarriages aren't very common – they affect one in 100 couples trying to get pregnant. If you've had three miscarriages in a row, see your GP, who'll arrange tests to look into what's causing the miscarriages.

The tests will look for hormonal problems, autoimmune problems (when your immune system starts attacking your own body), genetic problems, blood clotting problems, or problems with the structure of your womb (uterus). Depending on these results, your GP may refer you to specialist services for follow-up. Sometimes, even with all these tests, doctors can't find what's causing the miscarriages.

Even if you've had recurrent miscarriages you may still be able to have a successful pregnancy.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by midwife liaison, Canterbury DHB. Page created June 2018.

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