Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is defined as two or more consecutive miscarriages. One in 20 couples trying to conceive are affected by this condition. While there are certainly a number of medical and anatomical reasons for RPL, a number of myths have been generated about it as well. Regardless of the reason for RPL, it is undoubtedly a very difficult time for any couple.
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month and is designed to raise awareness and encourage remembrance of those families that have endured the difficulty of RPL and other infant loss. October 15 was Infant Loss Awareness Day, and as part of this day, there was an “International Wave of Light” to honor this remembrance. Lighting began in the first time zone at 7 p.m. and remained lit a period of one hour, with the next time zone lighting respectively. The result was a continuous chain of light that slowly circled the globe for a 24-hour period, illuminating the night in love and light in honor and remembrance.
Our entire team at the Fertility Center of the Carolinas (FCC) would like to take this opportunity to express our unwavering support and empathy to all of those couples who have experienced RPL. At FCC, we are committed to treating each couple experiencing RPL in a manner that will “leave no stone unturned” in an effort to find a possible diagnosis.
We believe in a thorough work-up that includes pelvic imaging, endocrine studies and genetic studies in order to complete a comprehensive evaluation. From there we will also put into place a treatment plan that best fits each couple’s needs in an effort to optimize their future fertility and their desire to start a family.
Our team at FCC understands the emotional toll RPL can have on couples, and we are committed to treating each couple with the respect and compassion they deserve. If you are dealing with RPL, feel free to contact our office to schedule an appointment at 864-455-HOPE (4673). We would consider it a privilege to try to shed more light on your diagnosis and hopefully illuminate your path to starting a family.