Genetic Test After D Amp C

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peanut6670 - February 22

i was about 11 weeks when i found out i had a mis missed MC i had a D&C Jan 18 and went fine i suggested a genetic test to be done. I'm 37 and this was my first pregnancy. The results came in and i finally got my period yesterday so that was normal. I'm afraid to go back to the dr for the genetic results i'm afraid they might of dfound something wrong . What are things they look for in the test . has anyone gone through this to know...

 

momjoy0691 - February 22

I had that done on my second miscarriage, and I had pathology done too to check me and the placenta etc etc, and I was fine and the baby had a genetic abnormality, so my body rejected it. That's all I wanted to know so I didn't ask any more-- they did say however that what was wrong would more than likely not happen again because it was just one of those things. So sorry for your loss. I would want to know, I felt better because it wasn't me and I didn't do anything wrong. Even though I knew it wasn't anyway it just helped me grieve. At any rate once you know you can either get it fixed, or figure something out, anything is better than guessing probably. But I definitely know how you feel, it sucks!!

 

peanut6670 - February 22

momjoy0691 thank you for your response ...... glad to know i'm not the only one out there .... have you tried getting pregnant yet? My appointment for my results are this thursday .

 

peanut6670 - February 22

anyone esle .....

 

momjoy0691 - February 23

I am currently waiting for my period to pa__s and then I am going to try again!! Here's hoping for a little miracle!! I am 38 almost 39! I was 16 weeks 5 days the m/c I had testing done on. Let me know how the appt goes doesn't the waiting just suck!!? Good luck to you!!

 

stefkay - February 23

Hi peanut, don't be too scared of this--it is really a great thing that you chose to have it done because at least for me it gave me some closure/answers. My first loss was not tested and my 2nd full on loss (I had 2 chemical pregnancies in between--very early losses, too early too genetically test) I had testing and it was normal, the next loss I had testing again and almost didn't but it came back a trisomy. It gave me some peace of mind knowing my body just knew it wasn't right. I found out too that even if the baby doesn't have any chromosomal abnormalities -- and these are very common and also most of the time a fluke (will not happen again!) at least testing it can sometimes show problems in the placenta, etc. that can suggest clotting or auto immune issues that are treatable! It takes a specialist usually to catch these things in the path report. It is actually quite rare to have a genetic issue that is recurring. That most often occurs if the husband and wife together have translocations, etc. (complicated to explain, but a genetic counselor can do a good job). Both my bf and I had genetic karyotypes done and it's a simple blood test. As expected they both came back normal. You may want to do this, but I guarantee it was most likely what I like to call a "dud egg"...they just happen and you can't prevent it. I'm so sorry for your loss and hope that you have a healthy pregnancy soon!

 

peanut6670 - February 25

thank you both for your info. I will be going this thursday to meet with the dr for the results. when they check for genetics can they tell if it was hormonal or does gentics just tell you what went wrong with the fetus . I didnt get to ask all the questions because it happened so fast in the emergency room that they told me that they were doing a D&C and then would do testing and it would take 4-6 weeks for the results. It was so shocking that i guess i put the day it happened aside and now i'm asking questions . Everything happend so fast. I'm 37 and it was my first time getting pregnant. I want to get started againrightb away. I just get my period after 4 weeks and it seems to be okay .

 

stefkay - February 25

peanut, the testing will only show their findings of the fetus and placenta (it calls it "products of conception" in the report) and normally just chromosomal testing. It won't tell if there was a hormonal problem. To detect hormonal issues usually takes some simple blood work, but that doesn't always show the big picture. Charting/temping can help see a trend in your cycles too. If your cycles are of normal length and your periods seem pretty standard, you are most likely ok ( I say most likely because women with normal periods CAN still have hormonal issues). You should also have your thyroid tested as an underactive or overactive thyroid is one of the biggest causes of early losses. It is also a simple blood test that can be done with the other tests (on day 3 of your cycle).

 

peanut6670 - February 25

Stefkay thank you for the information how do you know so much .... When they were testing my blood every couple of days they never mentioned a problem . I have been reading other blogs and notice that most women when they were pregnant were aware that their levels were going down . Everytime i went they always aid that my levels were fine . When i went in at my 11 week check up they had said that the fetus pa__sed about two weeks before that day ???? I am seeing a high risk Dr because of my age and i had heart surgery in 2000 for a hole in my heart that was minor and would caUSE any concern for pregnancy . I always saw the nurses because the dr was on the go all the time . How would i find out of my levels were going down ? This has been so difficult for me and my husband and its been really hard for me to get upset because he feels that im being weak . i have been hearing that most women miss carry more then once and some can have a healthy baby. You had mentioned in one of your posts trisomy was does that mean . All these terms are forgein to me .

 

Tory1980 - February 25

Peanut, I am orry to kind of jump ib but I write on the Clean Slate Thread and Stef is a regular there. She actually started it and when it comes to tests etc he is a font of knowledge. Feel free to bounce over there to ask any questions. The ladies there are very welcoming and will help in any way they can. I had a missed m/c or silent miscarriage at 14w4d in January '07 and had tests done but it all came back normal (no reason for the baby to suddenly die) and that it was a little girl. You have every right to be upset and it is by no means weak to do so. As for the tests if the baby had died then levels should have shown something but often in the cases of silent miscarriages the body just doesn't recognise that the baby has died and carries on as if all is well. You can ask for the reports in your medical file as it is your right to them and the Doctors can't refuse. if they do you can ask the courts to make them release them to you. The same way you can go into the office and demand to read them there. Or at least you can do so here in Northern Ireland. I sometimes wish they had found something wrong with the baby just so I could ease some of my own guilt over losing her but it was just one of those things and as some like to say plain old 'bad luck'. Sometimes the answers are less scary than the the not knowing. Good luck in trying again and I hope to see you over on the CS soon!

 

stefkay - February 25

Peanut, this stuff is all confusing when first dealing with it. I had 6 losses in all over a period of a few years...3 of them were in the past year so I got proactive and started researching. I also saw 5 doctors I think in that time as well and asked TONS of questions. The blood test you are thinking of is for hcg (human chorionic gonadotropin--or something like that, sorry I'm trying to remember the full name off the top of my head) hormone. IT is the the hormone present in the blood when pregnant and usually doubles every 48 hours. If it is not doubling or is going down it often means impending miscarriage. That is just something that happens if the pregnancy is not ok to start with. The hormone testing I am referring to are the normal female hormones that are present at ALL times in the body and help get the egg ready and release it each cycle. If those hormones are wonky then it can cause infertility problems or cause early pregnancy losses. Normally the hormones tested are FSH (tells how ovarian reserve is--this is like how many eggs you have left. Decreases with age and quality goes down with age too), LH (leutenizing hormone) has something to do with preparing the egg, Estradiol. Those 3 I think are the main ones they test for on day3 of your cycle. There are a couple other in depth that others here might share with you, but your dr. should know this (or a Reproductive Endocrinologist -- RE-- would be better). Some will test your TSH and free T4 that day too to see your thyroid function (ask about this). in the second half of your cycle after ovulation some will test your Progesterone. This hormone is VITAL in maintaining pregnancy as it supports it. I basically spent a lot of time googling this info that I read here on this site and took the information and notes that I made to my doctors. It's been like piecing the worlds largest puzzle together, ha ha.....and it will never be finished ;)

 

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