Do we have a medical term known as Chemical Pregnancy? The answer is yes. Most people might not have heard of it but it exists.
A chemical pregnancy is an early pregnancy loss that occurs shortly after implantation. It may account for 50 to 75% of all miscarriages.
It takes place before ultrasounds can can detect a fetus, but not too early for a pregnancy test to detect human chorionic gonadotropin. It can be confirmed by testing your blood.
You may experience no symptoms. Most women may be pregnant without realizing it and then end up in a chemical pregnancy or early miscarriage. Women who do have symptoms experience; menstrual cramps and vaginal bleeding within days of getting a positive pregnancy test.
It does not last enough to cause pregnancy related symptoms like nausea, fatigue and vomiting.
It differs from other miscarriages. It always occurs shortly after implantation.
Chemical pregnancy also happens in women who have undergone invitro fertilization. A miscarriage after IVF can be very heartbreaking and devastating, but it is also a sign that you can get pregnant.
- Exact cause is unknown
- Problems with the embryo caused by low quality of sperm or egg
- 35 years and above
- Certain medical problems eg; clotting factor and thyroid disorders.
Treatment and Prevention
- It cannot be prevented
- It doesn’t mean you are unable to conceive.
- There is no specific treatment
- Underlying cause can be treated to help reduce the risk of another chemical pregnancy.
Janet Agyemang, RM