More testing (hopefully).

16 Dec

Yesterday I made an appointment with my doctor to talk to her about more testing that I want to have done.  After the miscarriage in July, she ordered the tests most routinely done for pregnancy loss: hysterosalpingogram, chromosomal testing, and other various blood tests (where they discovered the MTHFR gene abnormality).  But it was not complete.  I’ve been researching other tests that might provide further insight into why I can’t carry a baby to term, and I want to look into them, even if I have to beg for it.  I know it might seem strange that I’m going to my doctor to ask about these instead of her recommending them, but those of you outside of the miscarriage world should know that, unfortunately, most ob/gyn’s are not skilled enough in the realm of lost pregnancies to really know what to do when faced with one.  And honestly, most of them don’t want to be skilled in that area.  They’re told they’re common and to just tell the patient to try again as there is very little they can do.  There is barely any research on miscarriages and why they happen (the testing is near impossible to do because of timing and ethics, and, of course, the biggest factor: funding).  Unless doctors have a particular interest in that area and do personal research, they are not taught about pregnancy loss.   For the best chances at having a successful pregnancy after recurrent miscarriages, one needs to see a fertility specialist.  But, as I’m sure you all know, they don’t necessarily take insurance.  And right now we just don’t have the money for expensive office consultations and testing.  That was all a really long way of telling you that I’m going to beg my doctor for more tests next Monday.  I’m hopeful that she’ll listen and even agree.  I just don’t feel like I can face my fear of becoming pregnant again without knowing that I did everything I could to make sure I don’t lose another baby.  And right now, I feel like there’s more that can be done to rule things out even more.


2 Responses to “More testing (hopefully).”

  1. Starfishkitty December 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    To learn about available tests I highly recommend the book Avoiding Muscarriage by Rousselot. It has nice charts of all tests and treatments available for avoiding another loss. It is also just a great by another recurrent miscarrier.

  2. slcurwin December 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    You’re not the only one to go to your dr to ask for test/ monitoring. I hope your OB/GYN is as great as my family dr on the agreeing to check anything to put your mind at ease front. Good luck.

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