Miscarriage Specialist

Miscarriage is a heartbreaking reality for many couples; in fact, 15-20% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in a miscarriage. But Dr. Amos E. Madanes, director of the Midwest Fertility Center, wants to reassure couples that there is still hope — a miscarriage doesn’t always indicate a fertility issue, and a healthy pregnancy is still possible. To discuss your options, call or schedule a consultation online at any of their Chicago and northern Indiana locations.

Miscarriage Q & A

by Amos E. Madanes, MD


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What causes a miscarriage?

A miscarriage is the loss of a fetus before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Some women miscarry before they even miss a period or realize they are pregnant. We don’t always know why miscarriages happen, but some of the possible causes include:

  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Other reasons for abnormal fetal development
  • Failure of the egg to properly implant on the uterine lining
  • Infection
  • Trauma
  • Autoantibodies: Women whose systems make antibodies that attack the fetus need treatment
  • Actual physical deformities or tumors inside the uterus can also cause miscarriages.

Other possible causes include maternal factors, such as:

  • Hormonal problems
  • Lifestyle issues, such as alcohol use, drug use, or malnutrition
  • Health conditions such as diabetes or thyroid issues
  • Being 35 or older
  • Having had three or more previous miscarriages

It’s important for women to get the support they need after a miscarriage to ensure their emotional and physical well-being.

What are the signs of a miscarriage?

Women who miscarry soon after the embryo has implanted in the uterus often mistake bleeding from miscarrying for their period. Though these symptoms do not always indicate a miscarriage, you should contact the Midwest Fertility Center if you experience any of the following:

  • Mild to severe back pain
  • Sudden decrease in pregnancy symptoms
  • Weight loss
  • White or light pink discharge
  • Spotting with or without cramps
  • Contractions
  • Passing tissue or clots through the vagina

What is a recurrent miscarriage?

Most women go on to have healthy pregnancies after a miscarriage. For a tiny minority of women, however, recurrent miscarriage affects their fertility. Recurrent miscarriage, also known as habitual abortion, is the consecutive loss of three or more pregnancies in the first trimester. Women 35 or older receive an evaluation for recurrent abortion after two consecutive miscarriages.

Around 1% of couples who are trying to conceive struggle with habitual abortion. Though it can be devastating for couples facing pregnancy loss, Dr. Madanes wants you to know that recurrent miscarriage does not mean you can never carry a baby successfully.

Before deciding on a treatment method, Dr. Madanes needs to determine the cause of your recurrent miscarriage. Chromosomal abnormalities, uterine fibroids or malformations, incompetent cervix, thyroid issues, hormonal factors, and abnormal blood clotting are a few potential causes.

After determining what causes your recurrent miscarriage, he offers a comprehensive treatment plan, which may involve medication or surgery.

Don’t be discouraged. Dr. Madanes has spent years helping women with recurrent miscarriage overcome infertility to achieve their dream of motherhood. Schedule a consultation with the Midwest Fertility Center online or by calling to get one step closer to the family you’ve always wanted.

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Midwest Fertility Center contracts with a variety of local and national insurance carriers, HMO, and PPO networks. A comprehensive list of accepted insurance options and plans is available for your review on the right. Often, our patients find they have more insurance coverage than anticipated! To confirm your specific coverage, please contact our office to speak with a patient advocate.

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