What Are Recurrent Miscarriages?
Recurrent miscarriage, also known as recurrent pregnancy loss, is defined by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as two or more miscarriages before the pregnancy reaches 20 weeks. According to the ASRM, there are two types of pregnancy losses: loss of a “clinical pregnancy” and loss of a “biochemical pregnancy.
A clinical pregnancy is one that has been detected with an ultrasound in a clinical setting, while a biochemical pregnancy is one that has only been detected with a blood or urine test. While the loss of a clinical pregnancy is accounted for when diagnosing recurrent miscarriages, biochemical pregnancies are not.
You Are Not Alone
Many women who have experienced miscarriage are reluctant to talk about it. But miscarriages are extremely common, and in most cases, completely out of the parents’ control. The American Pregnancy Association estimates that anywhere between 10 and 25 of all pregnancies will end in miscarriage, and that one percent of couples who are trying to conceive will experience recurrent miscarriage. Additionally, most miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities, which cannot be foreseen or prevented.