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October 5th, 2013, 07:12 AM
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I just had my 4th miscarriage last week. I think the 1st was a blighted ovum, 2nd had a fetal pole, 3rd was chemical and now this 4th one. All initial test from fertility clinic came back normal except my thyroid was barely elevated so now on thyroid meds. After 3rd miscarry, had more test done and only 1-2 came back positive. My body doesn't absorb folic acid correctly and my blood clots to fast (not Factor V though). So Dr put me on baby aspirin (then Lovenox shot when I got the positive pg test) and extra folic acid.
Still had a miscarriage so now we are doing a chromosomal test on my husband. If that's normal, they want to do an endometrial biopsy. Any thoughts about abnormal chromosome results from husband and what they did or biopsy on yourself or results from either (healthy baby?) It's just an agonizing waiting game right now! Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
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October 5th, 2013, 08:50 AM
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I'm so sorry to hear what you're going through. My only suggestion would be to get off the folic acid completely and switch to folate. Sounds like you have MTHFR. If so, you cannot process folic acid and it could actually do more harm. Folate is the natural form of what you need. Folic acid is synthetic. Hope that helps!
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October 5th, 2013, 04:19 PM
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I am so sorry for your losses.
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October 5th, 2013, 05:13 PM
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I am so sorry for your losses. My recommendation is to get a second opinion. MTHFR is what it sounds like you have. I don't have any experience with chromosome issues but I would imagine they would have you talk to a geneticist if there is a problem. I hope you get some answers soon.
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October 6th, 2013, 11:17 PM
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It is MTHFR! You ladies are good! I've never even heard of it!
Redneck_Mommy, what do you mean it could do more harm? Taking folic acid? Can you get folate at the store?

I would love to get a second opinion! I'm lucky to have a fertility clinic in the town I live in, but the other closest one is 2 hours away. Might have to just make the drive though! How far do all you ladies have to drive to see the fertility dr?
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October 7th, 2013, 10:32 AM
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I am so glad you have an answer - has your doctor discussed the next steps with you yet?

I know you can get folate on Amazon so I imagine you can get it in stores as well. Oh and I drive about an hour to see my doctor and it is totally worth it.
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October 7th, 2013, 10:53 AM
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If you have MTHFR, your body does not properly break down folic acid. This is one of many articles explaining how folic acid can be harmful for those of us with MTHFR.
The little known difference between folate and folic acid
I don't have to go super far to see any of the doctors that have worked my case. I live about an hour south of Houston. So, that's as far as I've had to go. My regular OBGYN is about 35-45 minutes. He's quick to send me to a specialist when he is faced with something out of the scope of his expertise. I appreciate that.
I have not been successful in finding folate in the stores. I order mine online.
I would drive as far as it takes to get a healthy pregnancy and baby... That being said, if you feel a second opinion is in order, I suggest making that drive.

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October 7th, 2013, 02:54 PM
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Well this last miscarry, I was doing baby aspirin and folic acid while TTC and when I got the BFP, they switched me to the Lovenox shot and an extra 5000mcg of folic acid. And since I still miscarried while doing all that, they are now in the process of doing the chromosome testing on my husband. If that's normal, then they want to do the endometrial biopsy. If it's abnormal, then I think they'll want to do IVF so the can test out the embryo's
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October 7th, 2013, 09:22 PM
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Wow. That's a lot. I personally would address the folic acid vs. folate issue. Even many doctors think that it is the same thing. Good luck.
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