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I have recently suffered my 3rd miscarriage and I am currently off recovering from this. I'm due to visit my gp again to decide if I want to be referred to a specialist for a second opinion. I have read about tests and what may be involved but I want to know if I'm still ok to continue to try for a successful pregnancy whilst having tests.

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I’m so sorry to hear about your very distressing experience. Miscarriage is much more common than many people realise – about one in seven recognised pregnancies ends in miscarriage, and there may be many more miscarriages which occur before women realise they are pregnant. That means that at least one in 50 women have two consecutive miscarriages. The likelihood of having three miscarriages in a row is lower (from statistics alone it should be about one in 350 women, but in fact it’s about one in 100). At this stage it is standard practice to offer investigations to see if there is an underlying cause, because the risk of further miscarriage is much higher if you’ve had three, and may be as high as 40 per cent.

Of course, this means there is about a 60 per cent chance that your next pregnancy won’t end in miscarriage. That means it’s up to you to decide if you want to take the risk of going through this tragedy again, knowing that it may speed up the time it takes to become a mother. Once your GP has referred you, you should be seen within three months and hopefully have investigations within a few weeks after that. If a possible cause is found, your doctor can offer treatment to cut the chance of miscarriage next time. The choice is yours.
 

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