Recurrent miscarriage 'breakthrough'

21st September 2013 in Infertility

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Why do some women have recurrent miscarriages? Scientists are hoping they are closer to finding the answer after a new study that examined steroid levels.

Some women who have repeated miscarriages have higher than normal levels of NK cells, which are part of our immune system. Until now, researchers were unsure why higher levels of these cells could cause miscarriage. But it now appears that the high levels are in fact an indicator of low steroid levels, which may make the womb less receptive to the embryo and any which does implant.

Now researchers are hoping to undergo clinical trials using women who have high levels of NK cells, to see if steroid treatment may help them.

But not all women who have recurrent miscarriage – diagnosed as three or more repeated miscarriages – will be suitable for steroid treatment, as not all women will have lower steroid levels.

And so this is not yet a ‘treat all’ solution for recurrent miscarriage, but a greater understanding of perhaps why it does happen for some women.

At Manchester Fertility, our Consultant Gynaecologist Dr David Polson has special interest in recurrent miscarriage and pregnancy loss, so we can offer you specialist help, advising on any treatments which may be suitable to help you have a family.

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Last updated: 20th January 2020