Miscarriage and Pregnancy Planning Clinic
A miscarriage of pregnancy can be a heart-breaking and often confusing situation for any couple trying for a baby.
It is estimated that 1 in 5 pregnancies will miscarry. For some women this can be a recurrent problem resulting in multiple miscarriages. It is at this point that many couples seek medical advice and support from a specialist to help them in their journey to have a successful pregnancy.
At 3fivetwo Healthcare, Dr David Hunter, Consultant Gynaecologist, offers couples suffering from recurrent miscarriages, specialist advice, assessment and treatment where possible. He welcomes patients who have suffered a single miscarriage but does recommend that the service may be more suitable for patients who have had two or more miscarriages.
Our team of Specialists recognise that a miscarriage can be an extremely stressful time for both partners, it can put a lot of stress on a relationship and leave a lot of unanswered questions. Couples often want to understand why this is happening and if treatment is available to prevent it’s reoccurrence. At the Miscarriage and Pregnancy Planning Clinic, our Specialists aim to help both male and female partners understand why they have struggled to have a successful pregnancy and endeavour to help them via a number of diagnosis and treatment methods.
This important new Clinic is the only such service available locally in Northern Ireland, meaning that patients no longer have to travel to avail of this specialist service.
The Miscarriage and Pregnancy Planning Clinic offers patients:
- Initial consultation to assess the nature and extent of the problem
- Transvaginal Ultrasound Assessment of the uterus to exclude any structural cause of a miscarriage such as fibroids, anatomical abnormalities, ovarian cysts or more unusual defects.
SpermComet Test - The SpermComet® is an enhanced semen analysis test that can measure DNA damage in every single sperm helping to identify the quality of the sperm which can often be a key factor when couples have been trying for a baby for some time without success.
- Endometrial Natural Killer Cell Testing - Some women have an underlying immunological condition which makes the maternal environment unreceptive to pregnancies. Once identified, interventions do exist which may reduce the chances of a miscarriage.
Review appointment - Where couples sit down with their Specialist to assess results of investigations and thoroughly discuss the next steps with regard to advice and treatment options below.
Following the patient’s review appointment, there are a number of treatment options which may be presented by the Specialist including:
- Prescriptions for anticoagulants – blood thinning treatments to encourage implantation of the embryo
- Immunotherapy - a potential intervention in women with Natural Killer Cells
- Assisted conception using Fertility Treatment
Additional early pregnancy scans – intensive surveillance in a subsequent pregnancy which can be reassuring and supportive
Hear what patients had to say about their experience with Dr Hunter, Consultant Gynaecologist:
"Total praise for Dr Hunter! Worked for me and now I'm a proud mummy of a 9 month old little girl!" - Orla Hogg
" Dr David hunter is a wonderful, compassionate, professional man who will be a ray of hope to any couples suffering miscarriages. His treatment has resulted in me having a 3 year old boy and to go on and have 1 year old twin girls. " - Sheila Mccloy
"Dr David Hunter is a legend! Any girl having gynae issues don't even think about it, go and see him and I know he will do whatever he can to help. It's rare to find someone medical who actually genuinely cares and I really believe he does. Keep creating miracles Dr Hunter." - Debbie Grahame
"Dr Hunter is also an expert on endometriosis. I have two amazing children- I believe thanks to him and his skills as a Surgeon." - Claire O'Neill
"After 3 miscarriages in a row we went to see Dr Hunter and after treatment of low dose aspirin and clexane injections I was able to hold my 4th pregnancy and now have a healthy 6 month old daughter. Dr Hunter put us at ease from day 1. We are very thankful." - Lynsay Magill