Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What is a miscarriage?
- What causes a miscarriage, and what are the tests for the different causes?
- What does NOT cause miscarriage?
- Are there lifestyle factors associated with miscarriage?
- What are the symptoms of a miscarriage?
- What will the doctor look for during an examination with suspected miscarriage?
- How is threatened abortion evaluated?
- What are common terms a woman might hear during evaluation for miscarriage?
- What treatment can a woman expect when she has had a miscarriage?
- When should a woman receive evaluation for underlying causes of pregnancy loss?
- Can something be done to prevent future miscarriages?
- Miscarriage At A Glance
Miscarriage At A Glance
- Spontaneous miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy
that ends spontaneously before the fetus can survive.
- Exercise, working, and intercourse do NOT increase
risk of miscarriage for women without underlying specific medical conditions
that place them at risk.
- Causes for miscarriage include genetic abnormalities,
infection, medications, hormonal effects, structural abnormality of the
uterus, and immune abnormalities.
- After an isolated miscarriage, the chance of having a
normal term pregnancy in the future is near 90%.
- Treatment of recurrent miscarriage is directed toward the underlying cause.
REFERENCE: eMedicine.com. Early pregnancy loss.
Previous contributing medical authors: Leon J. Baginski, MD, FACOG, and Carolyn J. Crandall, MD, FACP
Last Editorial Review: 7/14/2010
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