Women may experience long-term post-traumatic stress following miscarriage

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(Madison Dapcevich/ IFL Science) — Women who experience an early pregnancy loss may struggle with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and severe depression. For many, a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy loss can impact their mental well-being for months to come, new research suggests.

An early pregnancy loss “represents not only the loss of a much-desired child but also may challenge an individual’s sense of control over life and pose a threat to plans of parenthood,” write the authors in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Early pregnancy loss is one of the most common reasons women of reproductive age see primary and secondary care doctors – about 250,000 miscarriages and 10,000 ectopic pregnancies occur in the UK every year.

“Both miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy may involve significant pain or bleeding and hospital admission or emergency procedures. They may also lead to prolonged periods of uncertainty while awaiting diagnosis or resolution,” added the researchers. (…)

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