Most women make their health a top priority. They take care of themselves by eating right, exercising and doing what they can to keep their stress levels down. But sometimes, no matter how well we take care ourselves, our bodies don’t do what we think they should or what we want them to. What about when they make us feel like we’re failing as women? What about miscarriage?
Miscarriage is hard on both men and women, but women often blame themselves or feel that they’re a failure after the loss of a child. They wonder what they did wrong and question everything they did during and leading up to the pregnancy. Did they eat the wrong foods? Not enough food? Should they have gone for that long walk? The questions are endless and there’s hardly ever an answer.
Researchers have searched years for an answer to why some women experience miscarriages. Now, a new study suggests some women’s uteruses are just more conducive for implanting embryos, both healthy and unhealthy ones. This study could explain why these so-called “super-receptive” women often have multiple miscarriages.
More than 10% of pregnancies end in miscarriage in the United States, and one to two percent of couples have more than three miscarriages in a row, also known as recurrent miscarriages. This new study is good news for women who’ve experienced recurrent miscarriages. In the past it was believed that these women just couldn’t carry a pregnancy, but now it could mean that they’re bodies are actually “super-fertile” but that their miscarriages are embryos that weren’t fertile enough to last past implantation.
The researchers looked at samples from the uteruses of six women who suffered recurrent miscarriages, and six who had normal fertility. In the lab, the researchers placed high- and low-quality embryos on channels in between strips of uterus cells of the two groups of women. Cells from the women with normal fertility rejected the low-quality embryos and began to grow toward the high-quality ones. Cells from the women with recurrent miscarriages reached out and grew toward both the low and high-quality embryos.
This new information about implantation offers possibilities for treating and preventing recurrent miscarriages including a new test that could be used to identify low quality embryo selectivity.
While this may not explain all miscarriages it will provide answers and help relieve the guilt that many women feel after suffering a miscarriage.