by firstname.lastname@example.org (322 Posts), Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:56 pm
I am in my late thirties with a long history of unexplained infertility. Two years ago I finally became pregnant for the first time, but the child was stillborn at 26 weeks due to severe preeclampsia/HELLP. Since then I have had three miscarriages at between 6-8 weeks. I have not tested positive for any known risk factors for preeclampsia/miscarriage (or infertility, for that matter). New doctor is inclined to think this is autoimmune related, despite lack of positive tests, and has recommended considering prednisone and/or IVIG for the miscarriages. (I have a medical history of several apparently unrelated autoimmune disorders, such as ulcerative colitis.) Reading research abstracts has brought very little clarity for me as IVIG would relate to either preeclampsia or secondary recurrent miscarriage.
Do you have any thoughts as to IVIG and preeclampsia? Does it increase or decrease risk?
Prednisone and preeclampsia?
Can a tendency to preeclampsia be linked to either recurrent miscarriages or unexplained infertility?