A complete rethink of the global approach to miscarriage is long overdue, according to a new Lancet series.
Takeaways based on analysis of 4.6 million pregnancies in 7 countries:
- ~23 million miscarriages a year, globally (~15% of all pregnancies)
- 1 in 10 women experience a miscarriage in their lifetime
Problem: There’s a lack of accurate data internationally, especially for low-income countries—which bear the greatest miscarriage burden.
The papers challenge misconceptions such as the belief that miscarriage can be caused by lifting heavy objects. This can lead to women and their partners feeling at fault.
What's Next? They call for a comprehensive overhaul of medical care and advice offered to women who have miscarriages, including:
- New clinical trials
- Dedicated research centers with expertise in genetics, developmental and reproductive biology, and data science
The Quote: “For too long miscarriage has been minimised and often dismissed. The lack of medical progress should be shocking. Instead, there is a pervasive acceptance … The era of telling women to ‘just try again’ is over,” write Siobhan Quenby, Arri Coomarasamy, and colleagues in a companion editorial.