Miscarriage is a stressful and extremely sad moment in any couple’s life. The physical and psychological trauma takes a toll on most couples, making it difficult for them to conceive again. Having a miscarriage can be due to a variety of reasons such as:
- Physical injury during the term of pregnancy
- Wrong use of medication
- Hereditary reasons
- Earlier history of miscarriage
- Infertility issues
- Hormonal imbalance
One of the most common problems couples have during conceiving is infertility issues. There can be issues from the woman’s side, man’s side or both. A woman’s infertility issues may be that of:
- Tipped uterus
- Hostile environment of uterus
- Inability to complete a pregnancy term
- Wrong use of birth control
- Thyroid problems
A man might also be infertile, and most of these issues are related to:
- Low sperm count
- Immobile sperm
- Erectile dysfunction
- Genetic causes
- Deep rooted psychological problems
However, this is not a long-term complication. Several infertility treatment centers treat these issues to help a couple with conceiving. These include taking medication, hormonal therapy, physical exercises, making lifestyle changes and psychological therapy for the couples to enable conception. You can also avail of medical procedures to help with conception such as surrogacy, IVF, test tube baby, and adoption.
Whether a couple has already suffered a miscarriage or is simply apprehensive about it, there are some common questions you can have about miscarriage. These are:
- If a family member, such as your mother or sister have suffered a miscarriage, is it more likely for you to have a miscarriage too?
A – The answer to this, unfortunately, is yes. If there is a history of miscarriage in your family, there is a possibility for you to suffer from a miscarriage as well, but heredity does not make it certain that you will.
- What are the main causes of miscarriage?
A- The main causes of miscarriage can be the embryo disattaching from the womb, blood clotting disorders, hormonal issues seen with polycystic ovaries, structural abnormalities in the womb, endocrine disorders, submucosal fibroids etc.
- Does a woman’s age increase the risk of miscarriage?
A- Women over the age of 35 face an increased risk of miscarriage due to decreased production of eggs and hormones. By the time a woman reaches the age of 43, there is a 50% increased chance of suffering from a miscarriage.
- Does a man’s age increase the risk of miscarriage?
A- While a man’s age does not affect miscarriage rates as much as a woman’s does, after the age of 40, it is more difficult to conceive due to age-related factors such as erectile dysfunction, lower sperm count, etc.
- Does stress increase chances of miscarriage?
A- The chance of a miscarriage has been noticed if the carrier of the child is suffering from stress.
- Is it possible to conceive after a miscarriage?
A- Yes, it is 100% possible to conceive after a miscarriage, with proper medical intervention and care.
- Is there anything you can do to prevent a miscarriage?
A- Listening to the advice of your doctors, taking your medication properly and regular health check-ups can greatly decrease the chances of a miscarriage.
While the topic of miscarriage may be extremely depressing to talk about and deal with, it is advisable to get all questions and queries answered from an expert to enjoy a happy, full term pregnancy.