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The only information on miscarriage you need
on 10 May 2007
First I would like to say that if you are researching books about miscarriage I am really sorry, whether it is yourself or someone you love, this is a heartbreaking situation to go through.
As a sufferer of recurrent miscarriages (six with a seventh threatened as I write) I could also be said to 'suffer' recurrent books about miscarriage. This is the first one I have read in which I have had total faith. Professor Regan explains carefully the most up-to-date information about recognised causes and relevant tests, and also debunks much that is out there in books and especially on the web. For example she explains that dropping progesterone levels are a symptom of a pregnancy that is not working and not a cause, and that progesterone supplements therefore do not have a place in evidence based medicine. Knowing this I can quickly recognise a poor source of information if supplemental progesterone is suggested.
Professor Regan also explains how the tests should be done, and I have found out that my hospital have not tested me correctly for antiphospholipid antibodies. Sadly the one time I had a sample they also wasted the opportunity to test for chromosomal abnormalities and make other investigations. However armed with this book I now can go back and request that things are done properly.
Surprisingly for a book written by a medical expert she is very supportive of the use of alternative medicine, stating that until conventional medicine literally has all the answers there will be a place for alternative treatments. She also recognises the value in a person feeling that they are being proactive in dealing with their problems.
One chapter towards the end is perhaps the most cheering chapter of all. While all of us that suffer this problem want to find 'a reason' so we know what we are dealing with, some of us will never have a cause identified. Professor Regan and her team have found that those women with no known cause for their miscarriages that remain under their care for their next pregnancy have a success rate of 80%, which she firmly attributes to Tender Loving Care.
The only information lacking is how on earth we can get the optimum treatment described in the book at our local hospitals. I couldn't even get a consultant to see me with this pregnancy until I was in my second trimester, so no hope of TLC here. My tests of APA were done incorrectly and I know that other reviewers have had similar problems, but if we can't get the hospitals to acknowledge the information that we have (from this book and other reputable sources) I don't know what else can be done. At the moment I am praying that the consultant will refer me to St Mary's ( he refused previously). Maybe if enough of us read this book and start expecting to be treated correctly then consultants will have to buck their ideas up.