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Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy

Around 1 in 4 pregnancies is affected by miscarriage.

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 (3 or more) miscarriages.



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NHS guide to miscarriage­miscarriage/

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Miscarriage Association

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.

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Miscarriage Association: Fertility problems­­your-feelings/special-circumstances/fertility-problems/

The Miscarriage Association also produce a factsheet aimed specifically at those who have experienced a miscarriage after fertility problems.

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RCOG: Early miscarriage patient information leaflet­patient-leaflets/early-miscarriage/

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RCOG: Recurrent and late miscarriage patient information leaflet­patient-leaflets/recurrent-and-late-miscarriage/

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Ectopic pregnancy

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



Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a charity offering information and support for anyone affected by ectopic pregnancy.

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Molar pregnancy

A molar pregnancy is rare, and happens when a pregnancy continues to develop without a baby in the pregnancy sac. The tissues can grow very rapidly and can become cancerous. Treatment is with a combination of surgery and also sometimes chemotherapy.



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