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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 around one in 100 couples trying to get pregnant. If you've had three miscarriages in a row, see your GP, who will arrange tests to look into what is 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 and problems with the structure of your womb (uterus). Depending on the results, your GP may refer you to specialist services for follow-up.

Sometimes, even with all these tests, doctors cannot find what is causing the miscarriages.

Depending on the cause, there are some treatments available. These include taking low-dose aspirin for blood clotting problems or a procedure to help problems with the womb (uterus).

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

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed January 2022.


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