Women are told that miscarriage is ‘normal’, and it is true that around 30% of all conceptions end in early miscarriage. The intricate and delicate web of chromosomes and hormones that have to be in the right place at the right time is so complex that it is understandable that it doesn’t always go right first, or second time. However, unless you work in ‘the field’ as we, and your GPs do, then it is hard to have this perspective. Each miscarriage is an emotional jolt which can bring up sadness, fear and anxiety.
It is also now suspected that up to 80% of miscarriages can be caused by fragmentation in the DNA of the sperm (and we now offer the SpermComet test to identify this) - women often take the ‘blame’ for miscarriages but either, or both, partners can be the cause. The good news is that men can make simple lifestyle changes to improve their Sperm DNA when given the right information, in turn improving the chances of a successful pregnancy.
Recurrent miscarriage is usually described as 3 or more miscarriages. Again, we take a close look at your history and will recommend further investigations (e.g. hysteroscopy) where necessary. We also recommend Chinese Herbal medicine in these cases because occasionally the miscarriages are due, not to physical obstacles but to deficiencies in the mother's system - such as overstretched adrenals or poor nutrition. Hair Mineral Analysis is also very useful in determining the presence, or not, or heavy metals (e.g.. mercury or lead) or other toxins which could be having a negative effect as well as relevant mineral deficiencies.
We know how alone you can feel and the feelings of shame and resentment that can build up. We have a trained and experienced counsellor as part of our team who can help you move on from these feelings. We are here to support you whether you've had one or more miscarriages. Our counsellors are experienced in supporting you and talking things through, and acupuncture can help calm anxieties. We will also take a close look at your case and check for hormonal imbalances or nutritional deficiencies or environmental issues in case these are a contributing factor. See our case studies page for some of our experiences with this.