Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Good Article On Miscarriage

This sensitively written piece from the British paper The Guardian touches on a lot of important points, including how miscarriage is extremely common, but hardly ever discussed, and the important differences between "sporadic" and "recurrent" miscarriages.  I tell my students that miscarriage happens all the time in perfectly healthy, fertile women - perhaps in up to 50% of all conceptions - and that they, as charters, will be more likely to notice early miscarriages than people who aren't as aware of their cycles. Most importantly, I tell them that miscarriages, while horribly difficult to bear, usually mean nothing in terms of a woman's overall fertility. Only a very small percentage of women will have repeated miscarriages. If you have had a miscarriage, or more than one, I encourage you to talk about it and to get support if you want it. Your friends, your family, perhaps even your partner may not understand your feelings, and may be uncomfortable with the topic, but the more we talk about it, the less taboo this topic will become.

Miscarriage: A Mother's Last Taboo

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