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Hello. I have had four miscarriages now all at or before six or seven weeks. My doctor just shrugs his shoulders and says try again and a Harley Street specialist was just as helpful. I wish to pursue a more scieintific approach to the unexplained pregnancy loss in order to discover whether there is a process at work which is causing the miscarriags or if it is bad luck and I should just carry on trying. So far I have discovered through your website that there is the Day 3 Menstrual Cycle Inhibin B test for egg quality/reserve and at Day 21 one can test for progesterone, LH and FSH. I would like to know if there are other tests I should consider at this time, or should I wait for the results of these test before taking others. Where can I find a good clinic in London to get these test done? I feel like if this is all left up to me to discover then I will waste a lot of time and I would rather engage the services of a knowledgeable fertility specialist.

Is there also a glossary of abbreviations used in this website - what are IUI ICI etc
 

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Hi Drat,

I don't know much about this but I can tell you that although I haven't had a miscarriage, I was sent to St Mary's in London for "Recurrent Miscarriage Tests" as apparently there is a link between "unexplained infertility" which is the category I was in and "recurrent miscarriage".

I was found to have a high blood clotting strength and on my last IVF was prescribed 20mg of clexane (heparin) daily after EC which has worked and I am currently 34 weeks pregnant!  A friend of ours actually did have 3 miscarriages and then was referred for the same tests and was found to have the same problem - so next time she fell she started injecting clexane and the pregnancy was a success and she now has a beautiful 2 year old daughter!

I am surprised your GP is shrugging it off, I'm led to believe that after 3 miscarriages, you will get referred for tests.  It might be worth looking up the Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic at St Mary's on the internet, I'm sorry I don't have the address.

I'm sure there will be lots of girls on here who can help you too, I'm sorry you have been through such a tough time and aren't getting any sympathy.

Love Jen xxx
 

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Dear Drat,

So sorry to hear about the miscarriages.

Here are a couple of links to Dr's who deal with miscarriage and implantation failure in the UK. Dr Beer visits the ARGC clinic each month and Dr ******* has a variety of clinics (one NHS).

The recurrent miscarriage clinic at St Marys (as suggested by Jen) is a great place to start but they do not support the immunology angle. However, that doesn't matter if that is not your problem...

http://repro-med.net/intro.php

http://www.miscarriageclinic.co.uk/

http://www.st-marys.nhs.uk/specialist/miscarriage_clinic/index_miscarriage.htm

The glossary on this website is here
http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/component/option,com_glossary/Itemid,120/

Good luck!

with warmest regards,
 

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Have gone back to Harley Street in the vain hope that the paying customer gets what they want and it is not sympathy - it is scientific tests. If I go the NHS GP referral route, it will take forever - I can't even get an appointment with my GP in the next month!! Most Fertiltiy/Miscarriage Clinics wont take you unless you are referred by a GP. Will keep you posted.


 

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Hi Drat,

I have seen both Dr Beer and Dr ******* without any form of GP referrel. Both have waiting lists but you can always ask for a cancellation - that worked for me.  You can usually phone consult with Dr Beer if he is not in the UK for a while.

If you want medical tests to try and pinpoint the reason for the miscarriages both will offer these.  Dr Beer offers more tests than Dr *******.

However, medical knowledge of repeat miscarriage is not wide or well understood. When you see one of these doctors you enter an area that the UK NHS does not accept due to the lack of evidence based trials.

Good luck with your Harley St doctor! Hope that you get some better answers and are saved the pain of another mc.

You know where to go for another opinion if you want to try elsewhere.  Pls let us know how you get on.

With warmest regards,
 

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Hi - For what it's worth, ask your GP if you both have the rhesus pos/neg in your blood type. I can't remember the exact details, but if you both have the same type, in one particular situation, all that's required is a vitamin injection which your GP can administer, and you should be fine.

This might be worth persuing as it's a pretty quick one to investigate and fix if that's the case.

Good luck
 

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hi
i have also found it difficult to get real advice from Dr's and clinics. Dr's haven't the time or funding and clinics have the added necessity of needing patients money to continue their practices.
i have had one MC following ivf and was told normal lines from "professional" people, such as meant to be or try again(as they want my money)
you may know this already but there is something i think is called genetic testing where both partners can be tested for chromosomal abnormalities. this can be done by your GP but they do their best to say they can't,or you can pay for it at ivf clinics which costs around 80 pounds (per person i think). I've found if you want to get a more unbiased but general opinion the best thing to do is look on the net.
hope this is of some help
Mel
 
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