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Lucy’s Story - Finding Answers After Pregnancy Loss

A Devastating Loss

  • Lucy and her husband were excited when they learned that they were pregnant with a girl—exactly what they had been hoping for.

  • At Lucy’s 22-week check up, the ultrasound showed that something was wrong with her baby's brain.

  • She was referred to an MFM specialist, where she learned that many congenital abnormalities were present, and that her baby was not expected to survive until birth.

  • The pregnancy ended before diagnostic testing could clarify the cause of the condition, leaving Lucy in the dark about what went wrong.

Miscarriage Leaves Patients in the Dark

People who have experienced pregnancy loss are overwhelmed with sadness and grief. Feelings of guilt, loneliness, and the belief that they did something wrong are often reported. Many people hold the common misconception that everyday activities, such as exercise or sex, can cause pregnancy loss.1

I started to blame myself. Was I eating too much of this? Was I working out too much?I went into this dark place.” - Lucy

Finding Answers

  • Lucy’s MFM specialist recommended Anora™, a comprehensive genetic test that helps determine why a pregnancy loss occurred.

  • Anora tests for the most common cause of miscarriage, chromosomal abnormalities.2

  • Results from Lucy’s Anora test showed that her baby had triploidy, a complete extra set of chromosomes. Pregnancies with triploidy almost always result in miscarriage or stillbirth, and often require additional follow-up care. Triploidy of paternal origin increases the risk for gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) due to partial molar pregnancy. Only Anora can determine the parental origin of triploidy.

“I cried when I found out it was triploidy because I needed that answer. The genetic counselor said it’s not something that’s likely to happen again and it wasn’t because of something I was doing.”

Moving Forward After Loss

  • People who have experienced a pregnancy loss could find that testing with Anora helps them to better understand the reasons for a loss and the risk of recurrence. The answers can help ease the emotional burden and inform next steps.

  • For Lucy, Anora offered answers and helped create a roadmap for future pregnancies. Lucy and her husband are planning to try again and intend to work with an MFM specialist for their next pregnancy.

Testing provided closure and we felt that we could be at peace and start healing.”

The Anora™ Genetic Miscarriage Test

Anora is a comprehensive genetic miscarriage test performed on tissue from a pregnancy loss. Anora helps patients and providers understand why a miscarriage happened and determine the best path forward.

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  1. Bardos et al. Obstet Gynecol. 2015; 125(6): 1313-20.
  2. Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Fertil Steril. 2012;98(5):1103-11.

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