Multiple Miscarriages…. Could it be APS?


Multiple MiscarriagesAPS or Antiphospholipid Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that causes excessive blood clots in the arteries and veins.  These blood clots are not choosey and can wreak havoc on any organ.

And unfortunately, one of the ways that this disorder presents itself is through multiple miscarriages.  The immune system gets confused and produces antibodies that actually attack the body itself.  It sees the possible pregnancy as an infection and immediately begins to fight against it. This then makes it nearly impossible for the body to sustain a pregnancy. 

On the flip side though, it can also be the magical answer to the heartbreaking question of, “Why do I keep having unexplained miscarriages?’

Doctors are not sure what causes the disorder and also believe it is hard to come up with an exact number of those who are suffering from APS, because its symptoms are often misdiagnosed.  Obstetricians do believe however that 25% of women who have experienced 2 or more spontaneous miscarriages can blame it on APS.

There are treatment options that vary based on symptom set and severity.  If you are interested in finding out more about APS, I recommend checking out the following site:

APS Foundation of America Inc.

www.apsfa.org

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I have been trying to have a baby since September 2009. I got pregnant in February 2009. But unfortunately lost it 12 weeks into the pregnancy. I then went on to have 3 more miscarriages. I have seen a fertility dr who told me to just try to live a better lifestyle. I went in for blood work and they found that I have been diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder called factor V Leiden. This disorder is quite common but it does not change the fact that I am still not carrying a healthy baby. I have over active ovaries and so it does not take me much to get pregnant, i just can't hang on to them. my miscarriages are getting closer to my expected period so, my last pregnancy I did not even know I was pregnant but was having an ultra sound when they found it. I am now curious to know if APS could be what may be going on and is there treatment?

Jayme — Dec 20, 2011
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i'm trying to conceive but my last periods was on 7th of november and i got next period on 27th of november just wanted to know is my periods regular coz usually i get cycles every 25 days, this time the bleeding was odd , i thought i'm pregnant , but no . how can i know my ovulation date. and is this normal, plz let me know?

Anonymous — Nov 28, 2010
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