Answering the question, “Why can’t I stay pregnant?”
Anyone who has experienced one or more miscarriages knows that getting pregnant is only half the battle. For some hopeful parents, staying pregnant is the real challenge. If you feel like you’ve been doing everything right but can’t carry a pregnancy to term, you might find yourself asking, “Why can’t I stay pregnant?”
First of all, our San Antonio infertility doctor wants you to know that it isn’t your fault. Recurrent miscarriage is most often due to a medical issue and not anything you did wrong. Thankfully, Erika Munch MD can help you find out why you’re having miscarriages and then develop a plan to help you overcome the problem.
What can cause recurrent miscarriage (and how does Dr. Munch treat the problem)?
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) defines recurrent miscarriage as two or more pregnancy losses. This is also the point when women start asking, “Why can’t I stay pregnant?”
It turns out that many different issues can cause a woman to have multiple miscarriages. As a result, our San Antonio infertility doctor will order some tests to determine which of the following problems is causing the miscarriages.
- Uterine abnormalities, including uterine fibroids, polyps, septum or infection.
- Hormonal imbalances ranging from low thyroid levels to low progesterone
- Immune system disorders and clotting abnormalities
- Certain genetic conditions
Once Dr. Munch knows why you’re struggling to stay pregnant, she can develop a customized treatment plan. For example, she can treat many uterine abnormalities by performing minimally invasive surgery. After removing fibroids, polyps or a uterine septum, it becomes much easier for an embryo to implant and grow in the uterus.
As for hormonal imbalances, taking certain medications can balance the hormones to help the body maintain a pregnancy. This also applies to immune system disorders and clotting problems.
Finally, preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) can help Dr. Munch transfer a healthy embryo if genetic or chromosomal issues in the embryos are responsible for the recurrent miscarriage.
You can stop wondering, “Why can’t I stay pregnant?”
Our San Antonio infertility doctor has the tools to diagnose and treat the causes of recurrent miscarriage. As a result, you don’t have to sit and wonder, “Why can’t I stay pregnant?” If you’d like to start your journey to parenthood with Texas Fertility Center, contact us today to schedule an appointment.