Miscarriage Risk Factors

When trying to conceive, issues with fertility are more common than you might think. A fertility treatment center can help you with fertility tests, healthcare solutions, and assist in planning your family. However, a common fear potential parents have is a fear of miscarriage and wondering about the risks associated with them. If you’re concerned about your odds of a miscarriage, the following information should tell you if you are at higher odds than the average person.

Factors That Put You at Risk For a Miscarriage

IVF clinics in and around the Melbourne area will tell you that not all causes of miscarriages are known, and often they can be related to genetic factors. However, other more observable factors can tell you if you are at an increased risk.

  • Your Age: in general, the odds of miscarriages increase as you age. If you’re 35 or older, your odds increase.
  • A History of Miscarriages: miscarriages tend to occur in people who have had them in the past. If you’ve had two or more miscarriages already, you have increased odds for future miscarriages.
  • Harmful Chemical Exposure: certain chemicals can increase your odds of miscarriages. A common toxic chemical you can be exposed to is paint thinners and other solvents. Solvents are notably dangerous because they are found in many homes.
  • Personal Habits: using drugs, drinking, or smoking can all increase your chances of a miscarriage. You should stop using harmful substances and request assistance if needed.

Health Concerns That Put You at Risk For a Miscarriage

Another factor that can cause a miscarriage is underlying health-related issues of various types. Many of these are pre-existing conditions that require careful monitoring to limit the overall impact.

  • Hormone Issues: hormonal issues related to reproduction that can affect pregnancy include luteal phase defect and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). If you have hormone issues a fertility clinic can help.
  • Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes: if you are diabetic, it can affect your pregnancy due to the impact on your blood sugar levels. However, it should be noted that diabetic mothers can have healthy babies when diabetes is correctly managed. If you have diabetes, be sure to inform your fertility specialists so they can properly assist you.
  • Thyroid Problems: if you have issues with your thyroid it can affect your hormone levels leading to possible issues with your pregnancy. Having hormone levels that are too low or too high can be a concern. As with other health conditions, proper management is key. By having proper treatment (such as medication) you can keep your hormone levels properly balanced.
  • Autoimmune Disorders: ailments that affect your immune system can complicate pregnancy. Autoimmune disorders vary and two examples that can impact your reproductive health include lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Lupus causes various symptoms such as joint pain, damage to the blood vessels, overall body pains, swelling to parts of the body, and damage to your organs. APS affects the blood vessels and can cause blood clots leading to complications. Such conditions often can be treated with medication. For example, APS can be treated with heparin and aspirin as can Lupus.
  • Weight Issues: finally, your weight can impact reproductive health. Weight can be measured in different ways. Overall body fat levels and your overall body mass (or BMI) are important numbers to track. A BMI over 30 can indicate possible issues with pregnancy leading to miscarriages.

Contact Our Friendly Experts

When you need artificial insemination, you want to know you can trust the advice and service you receive. At Viera Fertility Clinic, we strive to provide you with the best in medical care, service, and we are committed to providing you the best help you can receive. When selecting an IVF service provider, you need to trust the doctors you work with and the advice you receive. Viera Fertility is here to help and can provide you advice and care for your family planning and that includes finding solutions for any health concerns you may have concerning your reproductive health. Contact us today.