A miscarriage can be a traumatic and upsetting ordeal. It is an event that is often accompanied by sadness, anxiety, and distress.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in a miscarriage while 1 in 100 women who are trying to conceive, suffer recurrent miscarriages (defined as the loss of three or more consecutive pregnancies).
The good news is this may be about to change. For the first time, UK-based scientists have identified a possible cause for repeated loss of pregnancy and have begun working on a cure.
“Researchers at the University of Warwick found that a shortfall of stem cells is the likely cause of accelerated ageing of the lining of the womb, which results in the failure of some pregnancies.”
The research involved examining tissue samples from 183 women who had lost three consecutive pregnancies. They were found to have a reduced number of stem cells in their womb lining.
Jan Brosens, the leader of the research team, said that they discovered that the lining of the womb for women suffering from multiple miscarriages is already defective before pregnancy. The Guardian quoted him as saying, “I can envisage that we will be able to correct these defects before the patient tries to achieve another pregnancy. In fact, this may be the only way to really prevent miscarriages in these cases.”
The researchers wish to improve the screening of women at risk by developing new endometrial tests and refine a procedure to help embryos implant more successfully and increase the stem cell populations in the womb lining.
Hopefully, the work on this new medical procedure advances quickly and women who wish to conceive, but worry about their chances of another miscarriage, can breathe a little easier.
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First published at www.theguardian.com
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