A miscarriage is one of the most heartbreaking experiences that any woman can go through. As women begin grieving the loss of their little one, the question they want answered is, “why?”
So what should you expect once you meet with your doctor to try and figure out why you miscarried? First, your doctor will probably do a complete physical, talk with you about your medical history and discuss any risk factors that may pertain to you and your spouse.
Afterwards, there are many options available in the quest of learning as much as you can about your body and its ability to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Some of the procedures available are:
- An ultrasound- To create an image of the female anatomy in order to detect potential problems.
- Blood tests- To check for thyroid problems, diabetes, immune disorders, progesterone levels, viruses and blood clotting disorders.
- Hysteroscopy- This is a procedure allows the doctors to see inside the uterus and check for abnormalities.
- Pelvic infection testing- This is just a swab test that is send to the lab for the results.
- Hysterosalpingography- In this procedure, the fallopian tubes are injected with dye and then carefully evaluated for blockage using a small x-ray.
- Sonohysterogram- This is another ultrasound; however the uterus is first injected with sterile water so that the doctors can assess for any abnormalities.
- Genetic testing- Using the tissue from the miscarriage and DNA from the couple, doctors can evaluate for abnormalities in the chromosomes.
The good news is that there are many tests that can be done to help pinpoint the reason for miscarriage. In addition, many women who experience a miscarriage go on to deliver a healthy baby soon after!