Recurrent miscarriage can be devastating. When pregnancy after pregnancy ends in heartbreak it can be harder and harder to put oneself through it – especially if no obvious cause is ever found, or possible treatment identified.
That’s why news of a possible breakthrough in miscarriage research is so heartening. Published today*, the research by the team at Warwick University offers a new understanding of how problems in the endometrium (the lining of the womb) may be the cause of recurrent miscarriage in many women with that history.
The more we learn about the possible causes of miscarriage, the higher the chances of intervention to reduce its incidence. This research, from a highly regarded team, really moves our understanding forward, raising the possibility of screening and possible future treatments before pregnancy for women with a history of miscarriage.
As with all research, this is just the beginning and there is more work to be done. But it’s a very exciting beginning and we greatly look forward to further developments.
* Lucas, E. S., Dyer, N. P., Murakami, K., Hou Lee, Y., Chan, Y.-W., Grimaldi, G., Muter, J., Brighton, P. J., Moore, J. D., Patel, G., Chan, J. K.Y., Takeda, S., Lam, E. W.-F., Quenby, S., Ott, S. and Brosens, J. J. (2016), Loss of Endometrial Plasticity in Recurrent Pregnancy Loss. STEM CELLS, 34: 346–356. doi: 10.1002/stem.2222