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treatment for re-current misscarriages

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twentythirteen Wed 02-Jan-13 17:08:43

Thanks 13iggis, that's helpful to hear, and glad to hear from your experience that something very useful can come of it!

13Iggis Wed 02-Jan-13 16:50:40

Twentythirteen - As far as I know - the karotyping tests on you and your partner are to establish if you have a genetic reason for problems, the fact you have had a chromosomally abnormal pg does not mean the karotyping tests on the two of you will show anything up. (For example, my third mc had a trisomy, but tests on my partner and I were both normal - it was just 'luck' that that baby had abnormal chromosomes). I understand your worries but testing is the best way to get closer to that baby you want! It could be bad news, but I'd rather hear it that way than by losing more pregnancies I think. My tests (done privately) showed a high level of natural killer cells - a combo of aspirin, steroids and progesterone seemed to do the trick.

twentythirteen Wed 02-Jan-13 16:31:41

I'm posting on a few different threads hoping for info - apologies if you've come across this elsewhere!

Results of karotyping of my last pregnancy show there was a chromosomal abnormality and they would like to have us both in for blood tests. Does anyone know what they're hoping to establish?

It's my 3rd mc and I'm an older woman trying for a first child. Just want to be as prepared as possible for any tests that might be to establish that we cannot have children.

hairychristmasandahappynewyear Mon 24-Dec-12 15:07:20

I just want tohare my story. I had three mc in 12 months (last one was feb '11). I became pregnant in April '11 and took 150 mg aspiring daily and save birth to my lovely DD in January - this is our first Christmas together. (I am 44).

I don't know if it was the aspirin that worked, but it may well have been as I've heard of a lot of women for whom it's worked.

ItsIgginningToLookALotLikeXmas Fri 21-Dec-12 12:20:13

Hi there - boots does low dose aspirin, probably other places too.
Vitamins can't hurt. Your GP really doesn't need a lot of prep, you fit the criteria for referral so it should have been done already really. (just preparing you as you might feel disappointed if they just say they'll do a referral and don't discuss it any further!) Most women who've had rmcs know much more about this topic than their GPs do, sadly.

TeamBacon Fri 21-Dec-12 11:59:03

I was wondering about the aspirin - I will see if I can get hold of some low-dose stuff.

No problems with clotting, but there is a history of stroke and heart disease, so aspirin won't hurt! The stuff about Huges syndrome was interesting too.

I have a short luteal phase (and a quick google has revealed that B6 could help, so might look into that).

I'll do more research over the next couple of weeks if this one doesn't stick, and go in armed with information.

Thanks again

ItsIgginningToLookALotLikeXmas Fri 21-Dec-12 11:03:44

Good luck smile
Your GP should refer you to a recurrent miscarriage clinic for tests, or might just be obstetrician at the hospital. Will be hospital though, not GP. If you get a bfp might be worth taking aspirin from that point. Unless something in your family to indicate problems with not clotting for example.

TeamBacon Fri 21-Dec-12 09:19:38

Thank you for replying. I will be going back to the GP in the new year - currently waiting to POAS at the moment, and hopeful, but we'll see.

If this one is a no go, then I will ask for all the treatment available to me. TTC for 18mo, and 3 very early MCs, something is wrong and I want blood tests.

ItsIgginningToLookALotLikeXmas Thu 20-Dec-12 19:47:20

Teambacon, after 3 rmc, they should be instigating tests for you, you shouldn't have to persuade your doc. I would get every test done that you can on the NHS, then either ask to be referred to somewhere like St Marys in London, or see someone privately (as I did in the end - wish I'd done it sooner).
Aspirin - it's suggested so often it's hard to see that it would be harmful, though I think it could potentially affect implantation in some people.

TeamBacon Thu 20-Dec-12 18:43:59

Is there any harm in taking aspirin if its not specifically been prescribed?

TeamBacon Thu 20-Dec-12 18:42:12

I've had 3 mc in 18mo, and intending to go to the GP in the new year. I felt a bit fobbed off last time I went - has anybody got any advice on how to approach it?

Hope you don't mind me asking, I'll start my own thread if its more appropriate

priscilla101 Thu 20-Dec-12 18:39:49


priscilla101 Thu 20-Dec-12 18:39:35

Yes! Three MCs and two lovely DCs, thanks to aspirin. One theiry for why the aspirin works is Hughes syndrome. Google it, interesting reading if you fit the bill!

Good luck for the future OP X

ItsIgginningToLookALotLikeXmas Thu 20-Dec-12 18:36:22

Fingers crossed for you. I took aspirin and higher dose folic acid for my last two pg, but also steroids(for elevated NK cells) and progesterone. Dr also recommended higher doses of Vit D3. So hard for me to know what worked in the end, but have definitely heard of both aspirin and folic acid being used.
You have been through such a lot - I had 4 mc in 18 months and took a long time to recover.

southportmum Wed 19-Dec-12 20:00:07

There is lts of positive comments about asprin on here, i think i got a positive test today but to thin a line to be sure, im on 75 mg of dissovable asprin a day

GraceK Mon 17-Dec-12 13:40:47

It sounds like the consultant thinks you may have sticky blood (too much Factor 5) and the asprin will act as a blood thinner. Have they tested you for this as it's one of the most common causes of miscarriage - since thick blood makes it difficult for placenta to work? (A medical friend of mine described it as being like trying to suck a MacD's milkshake!) If it's not too bad, then asprin should work but those with very sticky blood usually end up on warfin. I think you should find out about the test if it's not already been done since it's relatively cheap & could prevent further heart ache. Good luck.

southportmum Mon 17-Dec-12 13:31:39

i have another friend like this also. Did you take it when trying or just when u found out

Geekster Fri 07-Dec-12 14:25:54

I don't know about the folic acid, but I had six miscarriages, took aspirin the seventh time I was pregnant - which was the only thing I did different - and our dd was born in March.

southportmum Fri 07-Dec-12 09:55:55

So those of you who come on here a lot will know ive had 4 mc in 12 months. Well i went to see consultant who has put me on an asprin a day and double folic acid, apparently it strengthens the blood flow from mother to baby. Has anyone else heard of this treatment and if so was it sucessful?

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