Miscarriage is a topic that should be spoken about and not covered up or neglected. It is not rare to have a miscarriage, across all age groups, a miscarriage represents 25% of pregnancies. The older you are the more likely you are to miscarry and once a woman is 40 years old, they have a 40% chance of miscarrying. Miscarriage is by far the most common complication in my practice and better education during school years would make this event less traumatic for most couples.
Most miscarriages occur because of a chromosomal abnormality in your baby and this is unavoidable. A minority of miscarriages are caused by preventable factors.
Almost all miscarriages occur before 12 weeks gestation and they usually present with bleeding and cramps and an ultrasound that shows that the pregnancy has not advanced normally. The treatment can be conservative and waiting till miscarrying, or a surgical procedure done as a day procedure called a suction curette. The procedure is safe, it does have complications, but they are rare.