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The Mystery of What Causes Miscarriages Might Finally Be Solved

by Deborah Cruz on January 12, 2013 at 1:54 PM

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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  • Wheep...
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    Wheepingchree

    January 12, 2013 at 2:40 PM
    An explanation, yes. A "cure", no. That is just man trying to control the uncontrollable. Again. And I've had a miscarriage.
  • kevobx
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    kevobx

    January 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM
    The answer is right (Matthew 25:41) in front of your face! *Genesis 3:16*
  • JessL...
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    JessLogansMommy

    January 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Miscarriages usually happen for a reason, meaning chromosomally something doesn't line up.  Mother natures does know what she's doing.  If you cure miscarriages you would probably see a huge increase in genetic disorders. 


  • Kayleigh
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    Kayleigh

    January 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM
    I've had a miscarriage and it was very tragic time in my life. I personally don't think they should start trying out different drugs to prevent miscarriages. I keep thinking of DES stories and other drugs that they used in the past that caused more harm than good. Although I do think its great that they may have found something in the women that have recurring miscarriages. But I agree with with @Wheepingchree's answer.
  • rhps2000
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    rhps2000

    January 12, 2013 at 5:19 PM
    I would have liked to hear a reason for my miscarriages. It would have been better than no explanation.
  • jmama...
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    jmama0307

    January 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    When I had my m/c in 2010 it left me wondering WHY? I am very healthy and never had one complication with my body. I would never have thought it could happened to me and honestly when it did it left me so hurt. I still cry once in a while. I don't think no woman should never feel this pain. I felt lonely and angry. I bake a whole cake and ate it and drown my sorrows. Maybe that was my little girl I ave been dreaming of. My DF and I are start TTC and I'm worried ig I experience this again. 


  • cherylam
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    cherylam

    January 12, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    I've had 7, yes, 7 miscarriages.  Only recently a doctor discovered I have Leiden Factor 5, a clotting disorder that causes miscarriages.   For over 30 years I beat myself up, thinking I had done smething wrong, ate something I shouldn't have... my first set of in-laws told me every time 'God didn't want me to have this child'.  Now there may be more reasons why, and it eases a little of the pain of losing my babies.  They were wanted and are loved and named.


  • Ameri...
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    AmericanChild82

    January 12, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I think more dr's should be willing to test the tissue once a woman does have a miscarriage whether it's the first time or the fifth time. We've had 2  losses so far and possibility of a third. My dr refused to test any tissue at all to see if there was an answer.


  • S Y Lowd
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    S Y Lowd

    January 12, 2013 at 7:19 PM
    Like Cherylam, I also have a clotting disorder. It took 10 years and 3 different doctors to figure out that this was probably the cause of my 2 miscarriages. If a med or treatment can be developed to prevent miscarriages, then I say go for it! If you are concerned about a genetic disorder or another problem, then simply do not do anything,let nature run it's course and hope for the best.
  • randamda
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    randamda

    January 12, 2013 at 8:08 PM
    I always seem to find the comments more informative than the articles. I too have had a lot of MCs and the two that stuck did not go well at all. I wish my doctor had mentioned the possibility of a clotting disorder instead of just recommending getting my tubes tied.
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