Women are often reluctant to talk about miscarriages, or spontaneous pregnancy losses. While one pregnancy loss can merit a visit to the doctor, two or more pregnancy losses should prompt a thorough examination for reproductive issues.
Major advancements in reproductive medicine have helped identify the causes of recurrent pregnancy loss. In the past, a woman might never know why she lost two or more pregnancies in a row, but today, an accurate diagnosis is possible in about 60 percent of cases. The most commonly identified causes include uterine problems, immunologic factors, hormonal disorders and genetic abnormalities.
At Yale Medicine, our Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Program is the only such dedicated program in the state. We bring together experts from an array of fields to evaluate and treat women in a comprehensive, compassionate manner.
“I tell patients and couples I am seeing that we will do a thorough evaluation of issues that could predispose her to recurrent pregnancy loss,” says Amanda Kallen, MD, director of the Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Program and a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist. “I reassure her that she will receive comprehensive, empathetic care, and that our focus is not just finding out what the issue may have been, but about supporting them through the process and the next pregnancy.”