Miscarriages and MTHFR Mutations – Question to Dr Ben

QUESTION: Hi Dr.,

I’m a little confused as far as what your recommedations as far as supplements for Mthfr-hetero type.  I was dx 5 yrs. ago during normal-healthy pregnancy.  Recently, have had 3 miscarriages in the past 1 year.  Always occurs around week 4.  I was taking a progestrin only type Birth Control that seemed to cause more problems (could it have affected my levels)?  I have seborrehic dermatitis and excessive hair loss immediately after taking pill and still occuring 9 months later.  I’m supplementing with B6, B12, folic acid.

Dr’s seem clueless about this and are well aware I have the mutation.  My main concern is for my hair to stop falling out and have a healthy baby again.  My hemoglobin levels have been coming back slightly elevated, but that’s all!

Thanks so much, [deleted]

ANSWER:

I am sorry to hear about the miscarriages. That must be an extremely difficult experience.

I recommend you consider scheduling a consult with me so we can get into more detail.

I do not broadly recommend the same supplementation program as everyone has unique biochemistry. This must be looked at in order to effectively realign the biochemistry so it is functional once again.

You are right that a progestin only hormone may have contributed to your symptoms.

Many doctors are unaware of all the nuances those with MTHFR mutations present.

I do recommend your husband/partner get tested for MTHFR mutations. Your husband/partner may be passing on a MTHFR mutation to your baby in utero.

You may not be getting appropriately tested. There are many labs likely that need to be evaluated.

I am available for consultations and 2nd opinion laboratory evaluations. I also can recommend certain labs for your doctor to order for you or you may order directly through me. The benefit to having your doctor order labs is they may be covered by insurance. Labs I recommend are not covered by insurance.

I recommend your doctor evaluate your female hormone panel. Have they done that recently?

You may schedule for a consult here.

I’d love to help you on your path to a healthy baby – and help stop your hair from falling out!

In health,

Dr Ben

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4 Responses to “Miscarriages and MTHFR Mutations – Question to Dr Ben”

  1. Lisa December 23, 2011 at 12:03 am # Reply

    I am 40 years old.And have 5 children. And have had 4 miscarriage’s 4 of them since 2009 this past one I was 5-mons and 3 days along andstarted funneling.They could not explain why or what was happening.And never was I told about the mutation…MTHFR c677t…My baby girl died…until my 4 week check up.I have had a full term baby with Anencephaly .Can I carried a heathly baby? Been pragnant 11 times.Please help me..
    Thank you,

    • Dr Ben December 24, 2011 at 7:58 am # Reply

      Hi Lisa –

      Anencephaly is related to folic acid deficiency and in your situation, it makes sense that you would be folic acid (and methylfolate) deficient.

      Were you taking anything for these past 4 miscarriages? If so – what?

      Many doctors totally disregard the MTHFR mutation.

      I totally regard MTHFR as a killer if left untouched.

      If MTHFR is addressed, then the likelihood of carry a baby to term is greatly increased.

      I’m happy to help you here. A consult is definitely needed.

      I have been so busy with consults lately that I haven’t had time to do as much research or writing as I’d like so I am going to limit them to only a couple days a week – perhaps only 1 day a week.

      I would be happy to provide you with helpful information and get you on the right track for MTHFR.

      • Lisa December 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm # Reply

        Hi doctor Ben
        I was on prenatel vitamins…and folate 400 mg.and was started on B-6 and B-12 around 3 mons…my 10 year old son is being tested for asperbergers now….I had just had a level-2 ultrasound on Oct.24th at Tgh. and all was fine.On oct.27th was in the hospital with funneling .They told me because I carried 5 to term the it could not be because of the cervix’s….And Noone could give me any answers why this was happening.I have most of my medical records….But no real answers.

  2. Lea August 29, 2013 at 7:15 am # Reply

    Hello, dr Ben.

    I am 35 years old. 3 years ago my son was born, healthly. For one year I have been trying to get another baby. I misscarried twice: in january 2013, (6th week), and in may 2013, (9th week) – in may the fetus was too small, but there was heart action in the 7th week. And the genetic analysis showed that it was edwards syndrome.
    I did a lot of labs, and first bad thing was thyroid – tsh 4,2 so I started to take euthyrox (levothyroxinum natricum), for two months I was taking 25mcg daily, and since I still had too high tsh levels, I started taking 50mcg. I also take kelp to increase iodine levels. I do not have hashimoto disease.
    As I wanted to conceive in august, my doctor told me to take 15mg of folic acid, DHA, baby aspirin ( accard), vitamin d.
    Then came the positive mthfr result: a1298c heterozygous. Then I found your website. I stopped taking folic acid as soon as I read your articles.

    My doctor said that I should wait with conception until my tsh level is about 1,5 and that she will put me on clexane (enoxaparinum natricum) and accard – baby aspirin when I conceive. She agreed that I should take methylfolate. I would be very happy to try to conceive november/december, when my tsh level is appriopriate and my body will have been receiving everything it needs for a stable pregnancy and healthly child.

    I still hope it is possible for me to have more children, but I really need your advice on how I can make this happen.
    I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, we eat organic food, mostly vegetables and poultry and fish, no sugar, very little caffeine.
    I live in Poland and the only supplement with metafolin contains folic acid as well (400/400)
    I would like to buy seeking health supplements with methylfolate, but I am a little bit lost as to which ones I need.

    I really appreciate your website, thank you for it! I let my mother get tested for mthfr and I will test my son as well. I am sure that mthfr mutation has a huge influence on my life and health.

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