The Mystery of What Causes Miscarriages Might Finally Be Solved

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sad womanScientists have discovered a possible cause for why women have miscarriages. Wouldn't it be amazing if no woman ever had to experience a miscarriage again?

In a study, laboratory tests showed that women who had lost three or more babies had high levels of a molecule known as IL-33 in their womb cells. These molecules control whether or not the uterus accepts an embryo.

This is an amazing discovery. Any woman who has ever suffered a miscarriage will tell you that there is nothing more frustrating than receiving the devastating news that she has miscarried. She is told there's nothing she can do about it and is never given an answer as to why this happened. It leaves her feeling robbed. The emotional pain of miscarriage is indescribable, and the physical pain is traumatic.

If this research could parlay into the production of medication or a treatment to stop miscarriages once they start or prevent them altogether, women everywhere would breathe a collective sigh of relief. It would be a huge step for obstetrics and gynecological science.

The idea that there actually might be a way to stop women from having to experience the pain that comes with losing an unborn baby is very uplifting. I never knew how common miscarriages were until I had my own. All sorts of people tried to comfort me by sharing their own stories. It broke my heart for them. And if there were a chance of protecting other women from the kind of loss we went through, well that would be a true blessing.

Wouldn't it be amazing if this research could help develop a "cure" for miscarriages or an explanation for why they happen?


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Mommy... Mommyof3n2013

I had 4 known miscarriages before finally being blessed with my first daughter in 2008 and I would have liked to know WHY so I could understand better. Was it something wrong with me or just that nature selected the baby for miscarriage due to a chromosomal error or other reason? I don't think they should try to 'cure' it though...while it hurts like hell to lose a child before it's born, it usually happens for a reason. Either mom or baby are not healthy enough to continue with the pregnancy and mother nature takes her course. It is what it is...and that's coming from a woman who truly believed she would never carry full term...and is working on #3! (Due in May 2013!!)

Mothe... MotherOfPurpose

I had a miscarriage this past summer, though I'm not sure if I'm down with a "cure" whatever that means. I would definitely want to know specifically why. The fact that my docs didn't/couldn't give me a specific reason/cause bothers me quite a bit.

proud... proudmother5946

My daughter in law suffered a miscarriage a few years ago. They were devestated. This time the doctor discovered that she didn't produce enough progesterone. He put her on progesterone suppositories for the first 15 weeks until the placenta started producing it. She's now 20 weeks and everything is going well.

nonmember avatar nkonichiwa

I can see the author of this post is not a scientist. The relationship between the molecule and the miscarriages is at best right now considered "correlation" it cannot by any means be considered "causation". I have recently had a miscarriage and as painful and emotional and lasting as it is I know it is my body's way of taking care of something that was most likely chromasomally abnormal. I am thankful that we have systems in place that try to ensure that we have healthy children. Almost all of my friends have had more than one miscarriage and if there were a way to lessen their pain I would but there is very little chance that the discovery of this molecule will "cure" the problems with miscarriage because it's not a disease, it's a safety measure that our bodies use to make sure our resources are not wasted on offspring that will not live to reproduce. Furthermore, not all miscarriages are the same, some happen for genetic reasons, some for environmentally affected changes that cause problems with development, some are hormonal. Not all miscarriages are the same, just like not all cancers are the same. Saying the discovery of one molecule might "cure" something that has many causes is a bit ignorant.

nonmember avatar loorah

After my first miscarriage my doctor discovered I had the same progesterone issue as mentioned in another post. This is due to a hormone issue/ thyroid issue. When I got preggers again I did the progesterone shots the first trimester and my son who is now 5 is happy healthy and typical. Yet my body would never have held on to him without medical intervention. Sometimes it has nothing to do with genetic issues in the baby and more to do with the moms body. And if that can be fixed or helped then it should be!

pupuk... pupukeawahine

There may be a biological reason this molecule prevents a full-term birth.  I say this as one who has miscarried, and it was heartbreaking.  Don't fool with mother nature.

claud... claudiaj1218

some friends of ours had been trying for years to have a baby, but she just couldn't get pregnant.  when she got pregnant the first time, she miscarried in the first trimester.  then she got pregnant again.  this time, she was much farther along.  however, she didn't miscarry that time.  she was having pains and they rushed her to the hospital and had to deliver the baby via c-section.  he had water on the brain and he died within 16 hrs of being born.  the doctors did a lot of testing, and found out that both her and her husband have a rare blood disorder.  it causes her body to terminate a pregnancy.  after the found that out, they told her that she can have a baby, but she would have to go in every day and have these shots that would keep the baby safe.  they were finally blessed with a baby girl, who will be one this year.

nonmember avatar Austin

I've had 3 miscarriages and found out it was because of a thyroid problem that I didn't know I had at the time. Once it was treated I had 2 healthy babies!

RiotP... RiotPixie

I have had 4 miscarriages. One in 2009, twins in 2011 (was pregnant with triplets but lost 2) and one in October 2012. I have 3 beautiful, healthy children but still mourn the 4 lost. I wish I knew what caused then and if there was a wary to prevent them, I would do it. I was told that the first may be because my ex-husband, whom I was pregnant by, has Tourette's Syndrome and there may have been Assn abnormality from that. But it still breaks my heart that that was my child.

RiotP... RiotPixie

An, not Assn. Stupid autocorrect.

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