Memphis, TN (PRWEB) January 31, 2013
Dr. William Kutteh, M.D., one of the world’s leading researchers in recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), was invited to present his latest discoveries to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Dr. Kutteh’s research on recurrent pregnancy loss calls for early intervention after the second miscarriage, a change in how physicians currently treat the condition.
RPL is defined as three or more consecutive miscarriages that occur before the 20th week of pregnancy. In the general population, miscarriage occurs in 20 percent of all pregnancies, but recurrent miscarriage occurs in only 5 percent of all women seeking pregnancy.
Dr. Kutteh’s study, the largest of its kind on recurrent miscarriage, scientifically proved what many physicians intrinsically knew. The 2010 study, published in Fertility and Sterility-- Diagnostic Factors Identified in 1020 Women with Two Versus Three or More Recurrent Pregnancy Losses--found that even after only two pregnancy losses, a definitive cause for RPL could be determined in two-thirds of patients in the study.
Dr. Kutteh’s research showed that there was no statistical difference in women with RPL who had two pregnancy losses, and those who had three or more losses, proving that earlier intervention was appropriate. Patients with RPL are now encouraged to begin testing for known risk factors for infertility after the second miscarriage.
Determining Risk Factors for Recurrent Miscarriage
Recurrent miscarriage causes include anatomic, hormonal, autoimmune, infectious, genetic, or hematologic issues. Expeditiously determining the causes of m
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