What are your chances of miscarriage?

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A miscarriage is classified by the spontaneous loss of a fetus before it reaches the 20-week mark. The majority of the time, a miscarriage will actually occur within the first three months. Statistically, about 50% of all pregnancies result in a miscarriage. However, many of these women are not even aware they are pregnant.

For women who do realize they are pregnant, 15-20% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage. One reason miscarriages are often overlooked is because they can carry some of the same symptoms as a bad menstrual cycle. For example, women may expect to experience back pain, stomach cramps and bleeding when they are having a miscarriage.

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In order to determine if you have had a miscarriage, your doctor will need to run a few tests and complete a pelvic exam. Sometimes, no treatment is necessary because the uterus is completely empty. However, in many instances, a procedure called a D&C will be needed to remove the fetal tissue from the uterus.

Medication is also a possibility in some instances. Most women who wind up needing medication after a miscarriage are those who have had more than one. Along with medication, other treatments may be necessary in this type of situation. Some women who have multiple miscarriages are not able to carry a baby to full-term, making becoming pregnant challenging.

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