Combining an East meets West Approach to Miscarriage Prevention

Immune System Problems can Cause Miscarriage

One in two hundred couples will experience two or more consecutive miscarriages. There are five reasons for miscarriage which have been identified:

Cause Percent
Infection   1%
Anatomy abnormal   5-10% Progesterone level low   20%
Chromosome abnormal
#8211; Primary miscarrier (no live births)   7% #8211; Secondary miscarrier (one or more live births)   50%
Immune mechanisms   50%
Unknown   15%

Immune System

Advances in immunology, the study of the body’s defense systems, enable us to understand how during pregnancy,  the mother’s immune system is altered so that the fetus is not rejected by her body and allows the fetus to grow.

The immune system is comprised of white blood cells, also known as leukocytes, which make a variety of antibodies . Some of the antibodies protect us and others are harmful to our bodies.  Some of the immune issues that are important to the reproductive system are:

Antiphospholipid antibodies -autoimmune
Antinuclear antibodies -autoimmune
Natural killer cells -autoimmune
Cytotoxic B-cells -autoimmune
Blocking (protective) -antibodies autoimmune

When the immune system is the cause of miscarriage, the chances of mother having a successful pregnancy without treatment after three miscarriages is 30%, after four miscarriages 25%, and after 5 miscarriages 5%.

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