A new Australian study takes the stigma out of miscarriage: according to research from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (following 12,000 women), miscarriage is much more common about younger women than previously expected. For every three women who have given birth by their early 30s, one has had a miscarriage. By their early 20s, 6 per cent of women had already had one, and by their early 30s it was 15 per cent.
As a result of using confidential questionnaires, women were more inclined to reveal their miscarriages (including those that never came to the attention of doctors).
Why is this important? Because the results suggest that miscarriage is a 'normal' part of pregnancy and that many more women experience them than previously suggested.