Miscarriage after IVF – how to reduce the risk

Miscarriage after IVF – how to reduce the risk

Miscarriage after IVF can happen. In fact, it’s as common as miscarriage in natural pregnancies. And since older women often attempt IVF, miscarriages can sadly let them down. At aged 30, one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage. At aged 42, it’s one in two.

That’s the depressing bit. Now the good news. IVF patients can reduce their miscarriage risk. Based on research, and the experience of our own patients, read our 10 tips for lowering your chances of miscarriage after IVF.

1. Check your TSH.

As an IVF patient, you should have a full blood hormone profile test before treatment. But clinics frequently miss out the TSH test, opting for ovarian checks (FSH, LH and AMH) only. There’s a link between abnormal TSH levels and miscarriage. Medication, started at least a month before egg retrieval, can correct abnormal thyroid levels.

Having donor eggs, donor embryos of an FET? It’s worth checking your TSH levels before your treatment too. The same miscarriage rules apply.

2. Have a hysteroscopy.

Another overlooked pre-IVF procedure is the humble hysteroscopy. It’s not always suggested by doctors and clinics, who may prefer to wait till miscarriages become recurrent (read this study). Not good enough. Growths, blockages and damage to the uterus are surprisingly common. You may have had past miscarriages due to these anomalies without even knowing it.

You’re paying for your IVF treatment and want success first time round. A hysteroscopy is better than an ultrasound scan at spotting uterine problems – and it can rectify them too. No need to pay privately: most countries with public healthcare will give you a hysteroscopy for free.

3. Pick the right progesterone.

In an IVF, donor or FET cycle, you’ll take progesterone to maintain your pregnancy. These are available as pills, pessaries, gel or injections. Vaginal Utrogestan is super-effective and the easiest format to adjust if you experience post-transfer bleeding. These, and intramuscular injections, may be the best progesterone formats to guard against miscarriage.

Don’t discount Crinone though. A 2019 study found that it reduced early miscarriages better than intramuscular injections. Small study though. Other research supports IM injections more.

4. Get in shape before your IVF.

A miscarriage after IVF often has no discernible cause. This doesn’t mean being healthy isn’t important. At least three months before your treatment, both partners should start a health regime. Stop smoking – a known cause of miscarriage. Stop drinking alcohol. Take moderate, not excessive, exercise.

Also, get your BMI in the normal range. Eat a balanced diet, including plenty of fruit and vegetables. A 2018 study found that a Mediterranean diet improved IVF success rates for non-obese women (i.e. fewer miscarriages happened).

By the way, avoid sex after embryo transfer. A 2014 study showed this heightened miscarriage rates.

5. Love your blood.

Thick or clotting blood is a miscarriage threat. As an IVF patient, get tested for identifiable blood disorders before your treatment. Hughes syndrome (also know as antiphospholipid syndrome, APS or sticky blood) can be treated with blood thinners like Clexane and low-dose aspirin.

Auto-immune disorders and thyroid problems can also be identified beforehand. Add-on medication during your treatment can act as a barrier to the miscarriage and implantation risks associated with these conditions.

6. Are your cells Natural Born Killers?

Natural killer (NK) cells are in the blood. But they’re not as scary as they sound. NK cells fight infection. The theory goes that elevated NK numbers in the uterine lining can actually attack the baby. It’s quite possibly nonsense – and it certainly hasn’t been proved.

Prednisone is sometimes prescribed as immune therapy to suppress uterine NK cells. Intralipid infusions are occasionally suggested too. The ultimate objective is to encourage implantation and reduce miscarriage.

Reproductive immunology is a very new science, so be sceptical. Don’t pay for expensive immunology testing unless you’re sure it could make a difference. Which you can’t be. So either don’t pay, or ask your IVF clinic for its opinion.

7. Keep medicated – and know when to stop.

Many IVF patients find it hard to remember to take their medication. But it’s vital you do: a miscarriage is technically possible after just one missed dose. Keep your medication on you – and on the kitchen table. And set the alarm on your mobile device.

A post-IVF medication regime could include estrogen and progesterone. You could be taking Prednisone, baby aspirin and Clexane too. In terms of reducing your medication, get clear guidance from your clinic. You’ll probably be weaned off your drugs by the time you’re nine weeks pregnant, but every patient protocol is different. So check, check and check again.

8. Size up your cervix.

The last thing you want is for your cervix to stop playing ball. It’s not that common, but a weak, or incompetent, cervix should be assessed before your IVF cycle. A cervical stitch can be scheduled during early pregnancy to stop your cervix opening and potentially initiating a miscarriage.

You can reduce the chances of this type of miscarriage if you and your doctor are prepared. If you’ve had surgery on your cervix, damaged it in a previous difficult birth or termination, or have an abnormally shaped womb, these are warning signs.

9. Beware infections.

Infections can cause miscarriage. Be aware of them before and after your IVF cycle. Get tested for STDs, obviously. Toxoplasmosis, catchable from unwashed vegetables and cat faeces, can also trigger miscarriage – so don’t touch the cat and wash your fruit and veg thoroughly.

Listeria and general infections can also cause miscarriage, as can rubella: check you had the MMR jab or the single injection. If you have uncontrolled diabetes (okay, not an infection), this can cause miscarriage as well. Check for diabetes well before your planned IVF cycle.

10. Over 42? Go for donor eggs.

A dose of realism is needed when you’re 42. Miscarriage rates are 50 per cent. Live-birth rates for IVF with your own eggs are only 10 to 15 per cent. And the likelihood of chromosomal abnormalities are higher.

Donor eggs take on all three. If your objective is a baby, and reduced heartache, donor eggs or donor embryos are a consideration. It’s hard to bid farewell to your own eggs. But we eventually chose donated eggs and succeeded. Our wonderful little Ida arrived nine months later.

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66 Comments
  • vida
    Posted at 13:53h, 11 March Reply

    A very good education. Is well noted as am about to go for 2nd ivf journey.
    Thank you

  • vida
    Posted at 13:53h, 11 March Reply

    A very good education. Is well noted as am about to go for 2nd ivf journey.
    Thank you

  • Castlecooley100
    Posted at 22:02h, 05 July Reply

    I’m 6 weeks today, 44 using donor eggs. I’m on loads of medication, stomach have is like a blackcurrant. Had my HCG done twice 1 week apart 4,49, week 5 409. Apparently it’s a good sign. I’m nervous. Can’t wait to October when I’ll hopefully be 20 weeks

  • Castlecooley100
    Posted at 22:02h, 05 July Reply

    I’m 6 weeks today, 44 using donor eggs. I’m on loads of medication, stomach have is like a blackcurrant. Had my HCG done twice 1 week apart 4,49, week 5 409. Apparently it’s a good sign. I’m nervous. Can’t wait to October when I’ll hopefully be 20 weeks

  • Pj
    Posted at 22:03h, 29 July Reply

    43, and just been diagnosed with a blighted ovum/ slash not to sure if it’s eptopic.. Waiting to repeat hcg results, they are hoping they are decreasing.. Meaning nature is looking after things.. Really gutting, 3rd round of ivf.. 1st positive, and bloods going well, until my 5 week early pregnancy scan.. Devastation, didn’t know such s thing exists, for now I have to heal emotionally and physically.. As my belly is still swollen, before we face what’s bext..ED on the cards? Where there is a womb there is a way..x

  • Pj
    Posted at 22:03h, 29 July Reply

    43, and just been diagnosed with a blighted ovum/ slash not to sure if it’s eptopic.. Waiting to repeat hcg results, they are hoping they are decreasing.. Meaning nature is looking after things.. Really gutting, 3rd round of ivf.. 1st positive, and bloods going well, until my 5 week early pregnancy scan.. Devastation, didn’t know such s thing exists, for now I have to heal emotionally and physically.. As my belly is still swollen, before we face what’s bext..ED on the cards? Where there is a womb there is a way..x

  • Aimee
    Posted at 19:16h, 04 August Reply

    Donor egg IVF isn’t an absolute guarantee of course. I’ve gone through 4 rounds of it and just miscarried at 8 weeks. And I’m perfectly healthy.

    • L
      Posted at 08:32h, 29 August Reply

      Hi Aimee,

      I completely agree. I have had 3 transfers of donor eggs. The final round I had an endo scratch and quad therapy which resulted in a pregnancy. However, I have just found out the baby stopped growing at 6 weeks so am due to miscarry. Not looking forward to it one bit. No Frosties left so now go to start the whole process again from scratch. 🙁

      L

  • Aimee
    Posted at 19:16h, 04 August Reply

    Donor egg IVF isn’t an absolute guarantee of course. I’ve gone through 4 rounds of it and just miscarried at 8 weeks. And I’m perfectly healthy.

    • L
      Posted at 08:32h, 29 August Reply

      Hi Aimee,

      I completely agree. I have had 3 transfers of donor eggs. The final round I had an endo scratch and quad therapy which resulted in a pregnancy. However, I have just found out the baby stopped growing at 6 weeks so am due to miscarry. Not looking forward to it one bit. No Frosties left so now go to start the whole process again from scratch. 🙁

      L

  • Oak
    Posted at 18:13h, 31 October Reply

    Hello, I’m 42 and was told last week that both HCG tests were positive. I’m 4 weeks and scheduled the ultrasound at week 7. But this morning I had bright red bleeding and an hour later had blood clots. Visited the doctor and she examined the uterus but too early to see sac she only saw active bleeding which she said was concerning. She ordered another HCG to check the levels if they were increasing or decreasing 🙁
    This Is our 2nd embryo transfer, our first IVF attempt didn’t pass fertilization. We have two embryos left.

    Fingers crossed

  • Oak
    Posted at 18:13h, 31 October Reply

    Hello, I’m 42 and was told last week that both HCG tests were positive. I’m 4 weeks and scheduled the ultrasound at week 7. But this morning I had bright red bleeding and an hour later had blood clots. Visited the doctor and she examined the uterus but too early to see sac she only saw active bleeding which she said was concerning. She ordered another HCG to check the levels if they were increasing or decreasing 🙁
    This Is our 2nd embryo transfer, our first IVF attempt didn’t pass fertilization. We have two embryos left.

    Fingers crossed

  • Maureen Ross-Hamilton
    Posted at 20:30h, 23 November Reply

    A very interesting reassuring read.
    I am 47. 1 round with my eggs failed in UK
    Round 2 Greece, egg donation. Just failed gutted.
    4 frozen eggs left.
    We are not yet finished.
    Good luck to all.

  • Maureen Ross-Hamilton
    Posted at 20:30h, 23 November Reply

    A very interesting reassuring read.
    I am 47. 1 round with my eggs failed in UK
    Round 2 Greece, egg donation. Just failed gutted.
    4 frozen eggs left.
    We are not yet finished.
    Good luck to all.

  • Susanmckay
    Posted at 01:04h, 10 December Reply

    my daughter has had ivf 2micarriages has nkd and they think now sticky blood can she get pregnant both miscarriage s ended in 6 weeks

    Sue. Mum

  • Susanmckay
    Posted at 01:04h, 10 December Reply

    my daughter has had ivf 2micarriages has nkd and they think now sticky blood can she get pregnant both miscarriage s ended in 6 weeks

    Sue. Mum

  • Rosie
    Posted at 20:40h, 11 December Reply

    Hi I’m 44, last week I found out I was pregnant a little over 4 weeks using ED. On Friday my 2nd beta test dropped from 158 to 98. My dr is hoping it’s a lab error, he said he is still hoping. I’m retesting on Tuesday. I’m heartbroken. I’ve been testing at home and today the line was barely there.

    • Esther Murag
      Posted at 17:13h, 03 January Reply

      Hey
      Did your pregnancy become viable after the drop of hcg ??

  • Rosie
    Posted at 20:40h, 11 December Reply

    Hi I’m 44, last week I found out I was pregnant a little over 4 weeks using ED. On Friday my 2nd beta test dropped from 158 to 98. My dr is hoping it’s a lab error, he said he is still hoping. I’m retesting on Tuesday. I’m heartbroken. I’ve been testing at home and today the line was barely there.

    • Esther Murag
      Posted at 17:13h, 03 January Reply

      Hey
      Did your pregnancy become viable after the drop of hcg ??

  • Dawn
    Posted at 13:47h, 06 May Reply

    I’m 44 and about to go through egg retrieval. Very nervous and concerned about everything but trying to stay positive!!

    I do have a cat and I do clean his litter. I’m super concerned now remembering the toxoplasmosis. At what point does it affect the baby? Is is now at the egg forming stages? I go for my ultrasound next Saturday. Had a blood test at my baseline. I don’t think I had anything show up or they would have told me right? I’m going to ask today. Thanks for any insight!

  • Dawn
    Posted at 13:47h, 06 May Reply

    I’m 44 and about to go through egg retrieval. Very nervous and concerned about everything but trying to stay positive!!

    I do have a cat and I do clean his litter. I’m super concerned now remembering the toxoplasmosis. At what point does it affect the baby? Is is now at the egg forming stages? I go for my ultrasound next Saturday. Had a blood test at my baseline. I don’t think I had anything show up or they would have told me right? I’m going to ask today. Thanks for any insight!

  • Suma
    Posted at 09:16h, 21 June Reply

    I’m 34!!!! My 2nd attempt of Ivf going on. Hope of positive i look forward…

  • Suma
    Posted at 09:16h, 21 June Reply

    I’m 34!!!! My 2nd attempt of Ivf going on. Hope of positive i look forward…

  • d
    Posted at 04:12h, 07 July Reply

    Hi I’m 34. I had ivf in 2014 resulted in my son this year iv been thru 2 ivf cycles and one natural fet with 3 embyros put back all were grade 2 resulted in a pregnancy bt I miscarried at 4weeks totally devastated but have faith it will work

  • d
    Posted at 04:12h, 07 July Reply

    Hi I’m 34. I had ivf in 2014 resulted in my son this year iv been thru 2 ivf cycles and one natural fet with 3 embyros put back all were grade 2 resulted in a pregnancy bt I miscarried at 4weeks totally devastated but have faith it will work

  • Monica
    Posted at 13:07h, 18 July Reply

    I am 33, had my 2nd ivf (1st one failed), got 3 FET. After 2wks my Hcg level showed positive result but on day 19 I had cramps and started bleeding with clots. Took another blood test on day 21, hcg level doubled but Nothing could be seen in the ultrasound. My doctor says I must have miscarried. Waiting for another test after a week. Could I still be pregnant? Please share your views. M so depressed!

    • Kambria Neal
      Posted at 00:47h, 26 July Reply

      I got pregnant after an FET, developed a blood clot in my uterus, and had lots of bleeding. I ended up having a miscarriage at 8wks, but not due to the clot. It may be just that if your levels are rising, and the doctor said many women have successful pregnancies after developing a clot.. just breath for now.

  • Monica
    Posted at 13:07h, 18 July Reply

    I am 33, had my 2nd ivf (1st one failed), got 3 FET. After 2wks my Hcg level showed positive result but on day 19 I had cramps and started bleeding with clots. Took another blood test on day 21, hcg level doubled but Nothing could be seen in the ultrasound. My doctor says I must have miscarried. Waiting for another test after a week. Could I still be pregnant? Please share your views. M so depressed!

    • Kambria Neal
      Posted at 00:47h, 26 July Reply

      I got pregnant after an FET, developed a blood clot in my uterus, and had lots of bleeding. I ended up having a miscarriage at 8wks, but not due to the clot. It may be just that if your levels are rising, and the doctor said many women have successful pregnancies after developing a clot.. just breath for now.

  • Annie
    Posted at 16:25h, 18 August Reply

    I did my et on 1st Aug and on 18 th I start blood clotting but still on medication…..I m scared and this is my first ivf …. plz help me

    • Tamara Clarke
      Posted at 01:21h, 15 September Reply

      Hi. I had my transfer on August 4th. I got a positive pregnancy test on august 18th and found out on September 8th there was no baby. He just stopped growing. The pregnancy sac was empty. I had my D&C on September 13th. Good luck to you and your baby. This was my first IVF

    • R kaur
      Posted at 13:25h, 13 July Reply

      Hi Annie I’m going through this now how did yours end? Xc

  • Annie
    Posted at 16:25h, 18 August Reply

    I did my et on 1st Aug and on 18 th I start blood clotting but still on medication…..I m scared and this is my first ivf …. plz help me

    • Tamara Clarke
      Posted at 01:21h, 15 September Reply

      Hi. I had my transfer on August 4th. I got a positive pregnancy test on august 18th and found out on September 8th there was no baby. He just stopped growing. The pregnancy sac was empty. I had my D&C on September 13th. Good luck to you and your baby. This was my first IVF

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 19:22h, 30 July Reply

    Actually, you can absolutely do intermuscular progesterone in oil shots yourself, without a nurse or partner. I did for about nine weeks, and was just discharged successfully to my ob. The technique is slightly different than what my doctors office showed but there are YouTube tutorials. A single woman can successfully go through this treatment without a partner and without daily visits to the doctors office.

    • Naedee
      Posted at 06:03h, 26 November Reply

      Where did you give yourself the shots at?

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 19:22h, 30 July Reply

    Actually, you can absolutely do intermuscular progesterone in oil shots yourself, without a nurse or partner. I did for about nine weeks, and was just discharged successfully to my ob. The technique is slightly different than what my doctors office showed but there are YouTube tutorials. A single woman can successfully go through this treatment without a partner and without daily visits to the doctors office.

    • Naedee
      Posted at 06:03h, 26 November Reply

      Where did you give yourself the shots at?

  • Rene
    Posted at 16:57h, 21 August Reply

    Five days after having the transfer … my partner was ask to return for her examination and told that that the transfer was unsuccessful..
    Two days later, she suffered heavy haemoraging and was taken to the ANE of our local hospital and was told that she was six weeks pregnant and that she had suffered a miscarriage..

    Question …
    Is it possible to experience heavy bleeding after such a short transfer period ?

    Is it also possible that the transfer occurred when she was already pregnant ?

    Prior to the transfer she was advised that the lining of her womb rather enlarged..

    Please Advise

  • Rene
    Posted at 16:57h, 21 August Reply

    Five days after having the transfer … my partner was ask to return for her examination and told that that the transfer was unsuccessful..
    Two days later, she suffered heavy haemoraging and was taken to the ANE of our local hospital and was told that she was six weeks pregnant and that she had suffered a miscarriage..

    Question …
    Is it possible to experience heavy bleeding after such a short transfer period ?

    Is it also possible that the transfer occurred when she was already pregnant ?

    Prior to the transfer she was advised that the lining of her womb rather enlarged..

    Please Advise

  • Rudeshi
    Posted at 02:31h, 11 April Reply

    I am 33 yrs old, on 28th Mar 2019 I have undergone through FET with 2 embryos.. Everything tested negative observed before was normal but on 10th Apr 2019 when doc performed Beta HCG blood test it shows negative with .38 mIU/ml… It’s been 4 yrs of marriage without any living issue and any other medical problem… God knows when he will do miracle in our lives… This is so much stressful part in any women’s life in spite of trying hard in every aspects to become mother they failed again with tears n disheartened left only… Pls suggest us, do we go for second cycle..

    • Neeti
      Posted at 18:38h, 15 April Reply

      Your are right i am on same stage.first ivf cycle completed.after 15 days took upt and it was negative.i got married 4 years ago.no hopes

    • Johanna
      Posted at 22:45h, 19 April Reply

      Hi

      I did two fet with 2 embryos each time! And failed. I tried my last embryo without birth control, antibiotics, blood thinners, and it worked. I only used estrogen and progesterone. Probably the medication is not helping.

  • Rudeshi
    Posted at 02:31h, 11 April Reply

    I am 33 yrs old, on 28th Mar 2019 I have undergone through FET with 2 embryos.. Everything tested negative observed before was normal but on 10th Apr 2019 when doc performed Beta HCG blood test it shows negative with .38 mIU/ml… It’s been 4 yrs of marriage without any living issue and any other medical problem… God knows when he will do miracle in our lives… This is so much stressful part in any women’s life in spite of trying hard in every aspects to become mother they failed again with tears n disheartened left only… Pls suggest us, do we go for second cycle..

    • Neeti
      Posted at 18:38h, 15 April Reply

      Your are right i am on same stage.first ivf cycle completed.after 15 days took upt and it was negative.i got married 4 years ago.no hopes

    • Johanna
      Posted at 22:45h, 19 April Reply

      Hi

      I did two fet with 2 embryos each time! And failed. I tried my last embryo without birth control, antibiotics, blood thinners, and it worked. I only used estrogen and progesterone. Probably the medication is not helping.

  • Jai
    Posted at 14:13h, 12 January Reply

    These suggestions are exactly right and if you have a good RE, they will recommend the right protocol for you. I’m 41, have been ttc for 9 years. Five years ago I took a hold of my life. Left my stressful job, adjusted my diet, did yoga weekly, went for acupuncture regularly, cleaned out all the old relationships in my life and committed to the process physically, emotionally, and financially. So many tears along the way but my SO was in 1000% and we took our egos out of it and even shared our struggles with others. It helped. We didn’t stop our life, we kept going. I even decided to start grad school because didn’t want to let this define me. We got with a great doctor a year ago and now after our 2nd round of a FET and a miscarriage in-btwn, we are 9 wks with twins. Whatever happens, we will make it. I have hope. Good luck and don’t give up. You’re stronger than you think. <3

    • Georgieann
      Posted at 19:11h, 16 July Reply

      Thanks for sharing. Really encouraging. I pray the twins are growing healthier and strong. Good luck on your pregnancy.

    • Jada
      Posted at 07:48h, 29 July Reply

      Hi Jai, I am so happy for you are pregnant with twins!! What a miracle!! I am going through such a hard time right now after FET and now miscarriage …May you please share with me what did you do after your first try of FET to get pregnant again? I am so heartbroken

  • Jai
    Posted at 14:13h, 12 January Reply

    These suggestions are exactly right and if you have a good RE, they will recommend the right protocol for you. I’m 41, have been ttc for 9 years. Five years ago I took a hold of my life. Left my stressful job, adjusted my diet, did yoga weekly, went for acupuncture regularly, cleaned out all the old relationships in my life and committed to the process physically, emotionally, and financially. So many tears along the way but my SO was in 1000% and we took our egos out of it and even shared our struggles with others. It helped. We didn’t stop our life, we kept going. I even decided to start grad school because didn’t want to let this define me. We got with a great doctor a year ago and now after our 2nd round of a FET and a miscarriage in-btwn, we are 9 wks with twins. Whatever happens, we will make it. I have hope. Good luck and don’t give up. You’re stronger than you think. <3

    • Georgieann
      Posted at 19:11h, 16 July Reply

      Thanks for sharing. Really encouraging. I pray the twins are growing healthier and strong. Good luck on your pregnancy.

    • Jada
      Posted at 07:48h, 29 July Reply

      Hi Jai, I am so happy for you are pregnant with twins!! What a miracle!! I am going through such a hard time right now after FET and now miscarriage …May you please share with me what did you do after your first try of FET to get pregnant again? I am so heartbroken

  • Kasey
    Posted at 16:11h, 17 July Reply

    Our second round of IVF it was a success I had a lot of bleeding called the doctor they went and seen the babies heart rate said everything was fine two weeks later the baby had no heart rate and I lost a child is it because I stopped the endometrium too soon was there anything that I could’ve done to prevent it I’m 35 and the cost of IVF is extremely expensive and now I just think my whole world and dream is over

    • Charles
      Posted at 14:27h, 18 December Reply

      Kasey
      Your dreams and wishes will never be over. Keep trying until someone says you can’t. Keep your head.

  • Kasey
    Posted at 16:11h, 17 July Reply

    Our second round of IVF it was a success I had a lot of bleeding called the doctor they went and seen the babies heart rate said everything was fine two weeks later the baby had no heart rate and I lost a child is it because I stopped the endometrium too soon was there anything that I could’ve done to prevent it I’m 35 and the cost of IVF is extremely expensive and now I just think my whole world and dream is over

    • Charles
      Posted at 14:27h, 18 December Reply

      Kasey
      Your dreams and wishes will never be over. Keep trying until someone says you can’t. Keep your head.

    • Julie
      Posted at 08:19h, 23 July Reply

      Kasey, I had the exact same thing, heavy bleeding and pain but not miscarriage. On the way home from the hospital from the 6 week scan (where they saw a heartbeat) i began to bleed even more, returned to the hospital where they said my pregnancy was very high risk at this point and miscarried at the hospital. After the first lot of bleeding I stopped all my medication. But as the nurse said it would have been a very risky pregnancy anyway.

  • Farhana
    Posted at 00:55h, 13 September Reply

    I am 32 successful pregnancy with round 1 of ivf I have a beautiful DD, we have embryos frozen so we decided to go for another cycle 2 years later. FET and another successful pregnancy, however we miscarried at 8 weeks with twins (chromosome abnormalities) I am heartbroken. Can’t think of a 3rd cycle incase the same thing happens again. Has this happened to anyone else? Did you go through another cycle? Did it result into a healthy pregnancy? Please help with any advice

    • Val
      Posted at 15:47h, 29 October Reply

      Hi Farhana, I had a DD after the first transfer (fresh) of my 2nd IVF cycle. We also did an FET 2 years later and miscarried at 8 weeks. I am 35 and we plan to do another FET as we have remaining frozen embryos. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t do another IVF cycle as I found the egg retrieval process really emotionally/financially draining and physically/mentally stressful. Our daughter is such a gift and, while we would love for her to have a sibling, we are also just really thankful to have her. I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer for you. Take the time you need to grieve the loss of your twins and then evaluate which option will be the best idea for you and your family financially, physically, emotionally, and mentally. <3

  • Shabz
    Posted at 17:49h, 17 March Reply

    Ive done my ET 3 weeks back. And everything was going good and my hCG was doubling perfectly when suddenly I started having enormous pain and cramps and I bleed (red) then followed with heavy bleeding (changed two pads) but only for one day. I went to the clinic the next day to have my blood test and unfortunately the number started decreasing (but not that low). But even since I bled my doctor advised me to keep on with all the medications (vaginal suppository, injections and pills). the doctor also advised me to start Aspirin 100. The fact that Ive transferred two embryos, the doctor might think that only one got miscarried. Ive cried a lot that day as it was my ever first IVF and I was so hopeful and happy when I knew I was pregnant. My husband still hope that one stayed. I shall know it in two days time. Even if it is not positive, I will do it again as soon as Ive recovered.
    They said “If you want something, you have to go for it…at least do your best and try as much as you can!” have Hope and Faith, God will do the rest!

    • Jasmine Elisa
      Posted at 20:33h, 22 March Reply

      Any update, hoping for good outcome?

    • Raj
      Posted at 17:06h, 30 March Reply

      Courage . You will succeed .

  • Ellea
    Posted at 16:43h, 15 August Reply

    I’m 34 and just had miscarriage 3 days ago (6w6d) after seeing a heartbeat few days prior. I’m heartbroken 💔
    My partner and I have been trying naturally for 7 years before we started first cycle of IVF this time last year. First transfer resulted in chemical pregnancy, second transfer had to be cancelled 3 days prior the booked date and third ended at 6w6d.
    I never expected it will be so hard and I’m so tired of endless medication (I had to be put in to induced menopause for two months before each transfer which was living hell for me) , injections and losses when you pray for a miracle. I want to continue but I’m so tired and afraid. My body doesn’t look like mine anymore which adds even more stress. Life is challenging they say and there’s a rainbow after every storm. My storm continues for 2 years and I can’t see a way out of it 💔

  • Elena Jones
    Posted at 05:32h, 20 September Reply

    If you have indoor only cats, chances are very good your cat does NOT have toxoplasmosis. Your cat would likely have symptoms: fever, loss of appetite, and lethargy. The CDC does NOT tell pregnant women to avoid cats or stop cleaning litter boxes. It says:

    Ensure that the cat litter box is changed daily. The Toxoplasma parasite does not become infectious until 1 to 5 days after it is shed in a cat’s feces.
    Wash hands with soap and water after cleaning out a cat’s litter box.

    I pet my cats. I clean the litter box and wash my hands.

  • texan barbie
    Posted at 01:42h, 18 October Reply

    hi,
    Note sure if I should advice but if you go for PGS testing then the miscarriage rate will be lower specially for women over 40 as I am 44 and this is my second round. The first one I had three embryos survived for PGS testing out of 25 eggs retrieved. This time the eggs were too low only 11 and 1 went for PGS lets see if God’s miracle will be there or not.

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