Miscarriage, also known as spontaneous abortion and pregnancy loss, is the natural death of an embryo or fetus before it is able to survive independently. Some use the cutoff of 20 weeks of gestation, after which fetal death is known as a stillbirth. The most common symptom of a miscarriage is vaginal bleeding with or without pain. Sadnessanxiety, and guilt often occur afterward. Tissue and clot-like material may leave the uterus and pass through and out of the vagina.

Progesterone test predicts viability of pregnancy and chance of miscarriage

Measuring progesterone levels in women with pain or bleeding during early pregnancy is a useful way to help discriminate between a viable and a non-viable pregnancy, finds a study published on bmj.com today. ... read more »

Missed Abortion: What You Need To Know

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Progesterone Test May Identify Early Miscarriage

This study showed that a single blood progesterone test may help women who have a threatened miscarriage with bleeding and/or pain and an unclear sonogram find out early in pregnancy whether they are miscarrying or have an ectopic pregnancy. ... read more »

Why Does a Miscarriage Occur?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimate up to 25% of pregnancies will end in pregnant miscarriage, but why does pregnant miscarriage occur? ... read more »

What is a Missed Abortion (Missed Miscarriage)?

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Recurrent Miscarriage Pregnancy Loss

What is the cause of recurrent miscarriage and what exams should be done? ... read more »

Predicting a Miscarriage

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Miscarriage - What Are The Odds?

How likely is it that I will have a miscarriage? ... read more »

Miscarriage Symptoms Women Should Know About

Understanding the most common miscarriage symptoms is the best way to be prepared for the chance of miscarriage. ... read more »

First Trimester Miscarriage

Approximately one in 3-4 known pregnancies are lost within the first trimester to miscarriage. This number is based upon pregnancies that are verified before the miscarriage occurs. ... read more »

Different Stages or Types of Miscarriage or Spontaneous Abortion

Miscarriage is often a process and not a single event. There are many different stages or types of miscarriage. ... read more »

Miscarriage: Signs, Symptoms, and Causes

A miscarriage (or spontaneous abortion) is a pregnancy that ends without intervention, surgery or medication, before the 20th week of pregnancy. ... read more »

Fertility After Miscarriage

There is some scientific evidence that you may be a little more fertile for a couple of months following a miscarriage. ... read more »

Signs of Miscarriage in Second Trimester

Signs of miscarriage in the second trimester may include some of the early signs of miscarriage, but there are a few that are specific to late stage miscarriage. ... read more »

Pregnancy after Miscarriage

In most cases, a miscarriage is a protection of sorts from fetal abnormalities or internal issues that could not be controlled by the pregnant woman. ... read more »

MTHFR And Miscarriage

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After a Stillbirth - Take Your Time

A stillbirth is the death of a baby after the 20th week of pregnancy but prior to delivery. If the fetus dies before 20 weeks, it's considered a miscarriage. ... read more »

What Is a Chemical Pregnancy?

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What Causes A Miscarriage At Six Weeks?

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How Often Does Miscarriage Happen?

How often does miscarriage happen? The New England Journal of Medicine studied the rate of miscarriage in 198 pregnancies. ... read more »

Spotting After Chemical Pregnancy

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Heavy Bleeding - Miscarriage

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Chemical Pregnancy

A chemical pregnacy is the term used to describe a miscarriage that happens extremely early on in a pregnancy. In the case of a chemical pregnancy, a positive pregnancy test usually occurs before a woman has her monthly menstrual period. ... read more »

Can Fetal Heart Rate Predict A Miscarriage?

The fetal heart rate can be seen on ultrasound as early as 5 weeks 1 days of the pregnancy, and usually it's seen by 6 weeks and 0 days. ... read more »

Can Stress Increase Risk of Miscarriage?

Stress induces a fight or flight effect in the body. When stress is at its highest, physical reactions can include reduced blood flow to extremities, decreased metabolism, and increased focus. During pregnancy, prolonged or extreme stress will result in immediate effects on the body, but the long-term effects may be life changing. Researchers have linked stress early in pregnancy to increased risk of miscarriage. ... read more »

Light Period After Miscarriage

Is a light period one month after miscarriage a problem? ... read more »

Getting Pregnant After Miscarrriage

How long after a miscarriage should I wait before getting pregnant? ... read more »

Menstrual Period After Miscarriage

After a miscarriage, it can take up to six to eight weeks for your ovulation to return to normal. And then it takes another two weeks for your period to come. ... read more »

Life and Pregnancy After Miscarriage

After miscarriage, many women have a long list of questions about physical health, mental health and parenthood. Understanding changes after miscarriage is often enough to put your mind at ease. ... read more »

Ease Pain of Pregnancy Loss with Mourning Rituals

The end of a pregnancy is often kept quiet, not shared or celebrated, and rarely discussed. Zen Buddhists in Japan have a special ritual to mourn the loss of a departed child called 'mizuko kuyo.' ... read more »

How Men Can Cope with Their Partner’s Miscarriage

Paul Coleman and his wife had already purchased a baby outfit and were planning for the many adjustments they would need when their first baby arrived. Then, his wife miscarried. ... read more »

How Common are Miscarriages? Hint: More Than You Think

A recent study surveyed 1,084 men and women revealed that 55% of participants believed that miscarriage occurred in 5% or less of all pregnancies. ... read more »

What Are The Causes Of Miscarriage

There are many different reasons for having a miscarriage but the actual reasons for the miscarriage is often unknown. ... read more »

Blighted Ovum

A blighted ovum is another word for a miscarriage or missed abortion. It is a pregnancy where the egg is fertilized and implants itself to the uterine wall, but the embryo doesn't develop. ... read more »

Bacterial Vaginosis and Miscarriage

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Women with Low Zinc and Copper Have More Miscarriages

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