Recurrent miscarriage

Lancet. 2006 Aug 12;368(9535):601-11. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69204-0.


Many human conceptions are genetically abnormal and end in miscarriage, which is the commonest complication of pregnancy. Recurrent miscarriage, the loss of three or more consecutive pregnancies, affects 1% of couples trying to conceive. It is associated with psychological morbidity, and has often proven to be frustrating for both patient and clinician. A third of women attending specialist clinics are clinically depressed, and one in five have levels of anxiety that are similar to those in psychiatric outpatient populations. Many conventional beliefs about the cause and treatment of women with recurrent miscarriage have not withstood scrutiny, but progress has been made. Research has emphasised the importance of recurrent miscarriage in the range of reproductive failure linking subfertility and late pregnancy complications and has allowed us to reject practice based on anecdotal evidence in favour of evidence-based management.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Habitual* / etiology
  • Abortion, Habitual* / prevention & control
  • Adult
  • Aneuploidy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Maternal Age*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors