After 5 miscarriages I am starting to lose hope

by Tiffany
(Alberta)

Well me and my husband have been trying for 4 years to have a baby, but unfortunately I have PCOS but no trouble getting pregnant, its the second part, actually maintaining a pregnancy is what I have trouble with.

I've had 5 miscarriages. The first 4 were before or at 8 weeks but the last one lasted until 10 weeks. I saw the heartbeat on the ultrasound something I didn't see with the others. They were already gone when I got the ultrasounds but about a week after my ultrasound the heartbreak started all over again. My doc is doing test after test but can't seem to find anything wrong, so she did a genetic test but I'm still waiting for the results after 6 long months still no news. We were starting to look at adoption, but my husband is not ready to give up yet. So we will keep trying, as long as the genetic test comes back ok, fingers crossed the next one sticks :)

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Aug 19, 2010
After 5 miscarriages I am starting to lose hope
by: Wray

Hi Tiffany You're so lucky you have no trouble falling pregnant as so many women with PCO do. Please see our PCOS web page for more info. But it strikes me you have a lack of progesterone while pregnant, this is often the only cause of recurrent miscarriages, specially during the first 8 weeks. Please have a look through our page on Pregnancy. There are plenty of research papers on miscarriages. Did your doctor test you for progesterone while you were pregnant? There would be no point after a miscarriage as the level would have dropped back to the normal non-pregnancy level. If you should consider progesterone, please start it before you fall pregnant, as often oestrogen dominance occurs. This is most disconcerting and not something you need while pregnant, for more info please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance. Although I recommend between 100-200mg/day progesterone, for recurrent miscarriages the amount fertility specialists give is usually between 200-400mg/day. As you've already had five I think you would probably need towards the higher end, certainly initially. And don't loose hope, I had five miscarriages too before I had my daughter. I stopped working, so lowered my stress levels. Stress drops progesterone levels sharply. Take care Wray

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