Breakthrough

Cause of recurrent miscarriages identified for first time

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Scientists at the University of Warwick in the U.K. have been able to establish a cause for women suffering multiple miscarriages for the first time ever, as they discovered that a lack of stem cells in the womb lining is to blame. About one in every 100 women trying to become pregnant suffers from recurrent miscarriages, which is defined as the loss of three or more consecutive pregnancies. “We have discovered that the lining of the womb in the recurrent miscarriage patients we studied is already defective before pregnancy,” said Jan Brosens, a professor of Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and lead author of the study. “I can envisage that we will be able to correct these defects before the patient tries to achieve another pregnancy. In fact, this may be the only way to really prevent miscarriages in these cases.”

The challenge now would be to develop new medical strategies to improve the lining of the womb. Siobhan Quenby, co-author of the study told The Guardian that this calls for a two-fold approach: improved screening of women at risk with new endometrial tests, as well as the use of new drugs and interventions which could help increase stem cells in the womb lining.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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