Studies show miscarriages are fairly common, 1 in 4 pregnancies will result in a miscarriage. What are less common are the number of couples that experience multiple miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), only about 5% of couples will have 2 miscarriages and only about 1% will experience 3 or more miscarriages. While a predisposing factor is not identified in up to half of miscarriages, a significant number caused by factors that can be addressed.
Multiple Miscarriages = Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Recurrent pregnancy loss, defined as 2 or more miscarriages, can be very mentally and physically draining as your try to build a family. For Amy and Brian who experienced an ectopic pregnancy on their first IVF cycle and then lost their daughter just moments after birth via an emergency c-section at 24 weeks, dealing with the loss of a pregnancy and child was almost more than they could take.
Amy says, “I’m not really sure if I would have been able to continue at this point, financially, physically, and even emotionally. But knowing we still had cycles available through the Shared Risk program and that we were able to get pregnant twice gave us hope. We decided to take a break and then try again. The decision to continue was hard, but after some time to heal we wanted to continue.”
Shared Risk 100% Refund Program – Insurance Against Miscarriage
Shady Grove Fertility developed the Shared Risk 100% Refund Program for IVF and Donor Egg to help make fertility treatment more affordable. Shared Risk offers up to 6 fresh IVF or donor egg cycles and any subsequent frozen embryo transfers for one flat fee.
For couples, like Amy and Brian, who experienced pregnancy loss, Shared Risk can act as an insurance against miscarriage. While patients still will have to cope with the loss and make the decision if they want to attempt another pregnancy, Shared Risk enables patients to think a little bit less about the money they have to spend, and a little more about building their family.
Amy and Brian – A Happy Ending
Amy and Brian did try another cycle after the loss of their daughter. On their 5th IVF cycle, Amy and Brian got the good news that they were once again pregnant. And this time they were able to deliver a healthy baby boy.
Amy and Brian will be sharing their complete fertility story on The Dr. Oz Show on Thursday, December 13th. Check your local listings for time and channel.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons by calling 877-971-7755.