How do clotting disorders affects fertility? Under normal circumstances, proteins in your body form a clot when a blood vessel is cut. This helps bleeding to stop. However, for some people, blood vessels may clot too easily when these protein levels are too high. This is known as blood-clotting disorder and can lead to several health complications and infertility issues.
CAUSES OF BLOOD CLOTTING DISORDER
A blood clotting disorder is caused due to the body making either too many blood clotting factors or too few anti-clotting factors that limit clot formation. Excessive blood clotting may be caused by genetic disorders which may be inherited from one or both parents. Factor V Leiden and Prothrombin Mutations are two common disorders that lead to dangerous blood clots. They may cause small blood clots to develop within placenta tissue, which could result in a miscarriage.
Women with clotting disorders may experience several complications during pregnancy. The rising estrogen levels during pregnancy may increase their risk for blood clots for up to six weeks after childbirth. Clotting disorders can also lead to:
- Placental abruption (a pregnancy complication in which the placenta partially or fully peels away from the uterus)
- Pregnancy loss late in pregnancy, during the 2nd or 3rd trimester
- Recurrent miscarriage
A family history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, or heart attack can indicate a blood clotting disorder, which may lead to female infertility, miscarriages, and stillbirths. Blood clotting disorders can prevent normal nourishment of the placenta, causing intra-uterine growth-retardation (IUGR) or intra-uterine fetal-death (IUFD).
TESTING and TREATMENT for Clotting Disorders
If you have a known history of autoimmune diseases, or have faced recurrent miscarriage, your doctor might ask you to get tested for clotting disorders during pregnancy. These tests may also be recommended if you have had past problems with preeclampsia, stillbirth, or other pregnancy complications.
Depending on your medical history, your doctor may choose to treat your clotting disorder condition in order to improve your fertility and pregnancy outcomes. They may recommend using medications such as anticoagulants, baby aspirin or blood thinners for short or long-term use.
Your doctor will continuously monitor you throughout your treatment for blood clotting disorder. This will ensure that you do not bleed too much or develop harmful clots. To learn more about clotting disorder and how it can affect your pregnancy, meet our team of experts at KIMS Cuddles.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.