Researchers Discover Method to Detect Miscarriage Risk

Researchers Discover Method to Detect Miscarriage RiskBritish researches recently developed a new method that could predict which pregnancies are most likely to experience a miscarriage, a potential breakthrough that could help doctors give extra care to at-risk women.

According to Reuters, the study, which was presented at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Sweden, noted six specific factors related to the risk of miscarriage.

These risk factors included sub-fertility history, progesterone levels, fetus length and the gestational age of the baby, among others. While the factors were not enough to accurately predict miscarriage risks on their own, the researchers found that when combining two of them, they were consistently able to pinpoint at-risk pregnant women.

"This research has, for the first time, offered us a robust tool to begin to attempt to rescue pregnancies threatening to miscarry when currently all we can do is fold our hands and hope for the best," said study leader Kaltum Adam of Britain's St. Mary's Hospital in Manchester.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, some potential causes of miscarriages include obesity, infection and exposure to toxins in the environment.