Foetal loss occurs in as many as 25-30% of recognized pregnancies and when this condition is recurrent, it becomes extremely difficult. It means that the couple has to repeatedly undergo disappointment, after having dealt with the initial excitement of a confirmed pregnancy. If you have had two or more consecutive miscarriages, medical advice must be sought immediately in order to determine the cause of these recurrent miscarriages, seek treatment and prevent further miscarriages from occurring.

The main reason for first trimester losses (50-60%) is because the fetus has chromosomal abnormalities. These abnormalities occur when the embryo divides and grows, and is significantly higher in older mothers as the egg quality is poorer.

Genetic testing of the embryos produced in an IVF procedure can help reduce the risk of miscarriage, as only chromosomally normal embryos would be placed into the uterus.