Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy
Around 1 in 4 pregnancies is affected by miscarriage. But the fact that it happens so often, doesn’t make it any easier.
Most often, there is no clear reason why a pregnancy has been lost and you may only be offered investigations to try to find a cause if you have had recurrent (three or more) miscarriages.
The Miscarriage Association is an excellent source of information and support for anyone affected by pregnancy loss. Their resources can help you to make sense of what has happened and cover the range of emotions arising after a miscarriage.
The Miscarriage Association also produce a factsheet aimed specifically at those who have experienced a miscarriage after fertility problems.
- RCOG patient information leaflet on early miscarriage (which happens in the first three months of pregnancy)
- RCOG patient information leaflet on recurrent and late miscarriage
An ectopic pregnancy happens when the embryo starts growing outside the womb, usually in the fallopian tube. An ectopic pregnancy is not viable, and occurs in about one in eighty pregnancies. Treatments include medication or surgery.
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a charity offering information and support for anyone affected by ectopic pregnancy.
A molar pregnancy is rare happens when a pregnancy continues to develop without a baby in the pregnancy sac. The tissues can grow very rapidly and can very rarely become cancerous. Treatment is with a combination of surgery and also sometimes chemotherapy.
Your lifestyle can make a difference to your fertility and this applies for both men and women.