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New test for risk of pregnancy failing
A procedure developed by British doctors can reveal the chance of a pregnancy ending in miscarriage.
The blood test has been designed for women going through IVF but may be adapted for those conceiving naturally. It shows not only whether the woman is pregnant but the risk of losing the baby. More than one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage.
Scientists at Glasgow Centre for ... Reproductive Medicine studied hormone levels in almost 2,000 patients who were pregnant following IVF.
They found that low levels of the hormone beta-human chorionic gonadotropin were linked to risk of miscarriage.
When concentrations in the blood were below 30 units per litre there was only a 2% chance the pregnancy would reach eight weeks. A level of 30-40 gave a 24% chance and at 50-70 the probability improved to 52%. Concentrations above 70 implied an 86% chance the foetus would thrive. beach wedding wears suitable for mother of the bride
The research will be presented this week at a European fertility conference.
Angela Sobey, 41, from Glasgow, was on her third round of fertility treatment when a test showed she was pregnant. She was overjoyed. At her eight-week scan, however, Angela found out the embryo had not developed beyond six weeks.
She went on to have a fourth round of fertility treatment and now has a two-year-old daughter, Eleanor, but still feels the “devastating” grief of her lost child. She said: “Having this information might have adjusted my expectations.