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How often do pregnancies end in miscarriage?

An estimated 15 to 20 percent of known pregnancies result in miscarriage, which happens for a variety of reasons. Even though miscarriage happens frequently, it is often devastating for the would-be parents. A miscarriage can result in substantial grief for several months. In severe cases, it can result in post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, which if left untreated, can have serious impacts on the bereaved parents' emotional health.

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
15% of all women who have a positive urine pregnancy test will miscarry.  I counsel my patients that once a heartbeat is seen on ultrasound that the miscarriage rates drop to 5%.  Once a woman gets out of the first trimester, the miscarriage rates drop to 1%.

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