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What Is a Chemical Pregnancy? November 14, 2017

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What Is a Chemical Pregnancy?, Wailuku, Hawaii

A positive pregnancy test from your OB-GYN is a cause for celebration. However, when the joy ends in just a matter of weeks due to miscarriage, a chemical pregnancy may be the reason. Stellar Women’s Health Specialists in Wailuku, HI, assists expecting mothers who experience pregnancy loss shortly after conception. They explain more about this type of miscarriage and how to prevent them. 

OB-GYN Chemical Pregnancy Guide 

Definition 

A chemical pregnancy is a loss occurring just after implantation. Although it often happens so early that most women don’t know they are pregnant, it can account for up to 50% to 75% of miscarriages. They are named chemical pregnancies because they are detectable by a blood test. However, the fetus is not large enough to be seen on an ultrasound. If the woman knows she is expecting, a chemical pregnancy can be devastating. 

Symptoms 

OB-GYNThere are no warning signs before many chemical pregnancies. However, some women may experience bleeding and cramping similar to when they are having their menstrual period. The miscarriage can occur without knowing you are pregnant or within days of receiving a positive test result. Not all bleeding after a positive pregnancy test means you are having a miscarriage, so it’s essential to visit your women’s health clinic if you are concerned.

Causes

Chemical pregnancies may occur after in vitro fertilization. Once implantation happens, anomalies within the fetus cause miscarriage. Other reasons include abnormal hormone levels and sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis and chlamydia. Women over the age of 35 or with blood clotting and thyroid disorders are more likely to suffer this problem. Implantation outside of the uterus is also a factor. 

Prevention 

In many cases, this type of miscarriage does not indicate that you have a fertility problem. However, if you experience multiple chemical pregnancies or you’re having trouble with conception, visit a pregnancy specialist for advice. Your OB-GYN may be able to treat hormonal or uterine issues or refer you to a specialist for your health condition. 

While miscarriage is a sensitive subject, a small, private practice with a compassionate staff can provide you with the support to face fertility issues. To discuss chemical pregnancy with an OB-GYN, call Stellar Women’s Health Specialists in Wailuku, HI, at (808) 242-9787. For more information about their board-certified pregnancy specialist, Dr. Adrian, and her nursing staff, visit the website or follow them on Facebook

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