Molar pregnancy remains an uncommon and still not fully understood disorder. The clinical presentation has changed over recent decades. In developed countries complete moles are now usually diagnosed early (on clinical and/or ultrasound scan criteria) so that the more severe clinical presentations are much less commonly seen. The important differences between complete and partial moles and their risk factors are now well recognized. Common protocols for managing persistent gestational trophoblastic disease are being derived, and molecular genetic studies are advancing our understanding of molar pregnancy and its sequelae. Cure rates approaching 100% should now be the rule rather than the exception. There is a strong case for formal registration and monitoring of all cases through specialist centers.