Multiple miscarriages may be linked to the poor quality of a man's sperm, suggests new research. The early-stage study, from scientists at Imperial College London, investigated the sperm quality of 50 men whose partners had suffered three or more consecutive miscarriages. The research, published in the journal Clinical Chemistry , revealed that, compared to men whose partners had not experienced miscarriages, the sperm of those involved in the study had higher levels of DNA damage. The study team hope these findings may open new avenues to finding treatments to reduce the risk of miscarriage. Recurrent miscarriage affects around one in 50 couples in the UK, and is defined as the consecutive loss of three of more pregnancies before 20 weeks gestation. Until recently recurrent miscarriage was thought to be caused by health issues with the mother, such as infection or immune problems.
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Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. In most cases, this will be a single, one-off event with the underlying biological cause unknown. Recurrent miscarriage is typically defined as the loss of three or more pregnancies in a row. As the mother carries the pregnancy, the traditional belief has been that the underlying cause of miscarriage resides with her.