7 Biggest Myths About Miscarriage

Miscarriage is a really scary thing and because of that, it's become more than a little taboo. But that's pretty problematic -- a new study from Yeshiva University found that almost half of women who miscarry feel guilty because they believe themselves to be the cause, when in reality, they're not.


The study, which was published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, looked deeper into what most Americans (men and women) think to be the cause of miscarriage and found that most people had their facts mixed up.

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So what are the seven big things you (and most of the country) believe about miscarriage that are actually not true at all? 

  1. Miscarriages are uncommon. Fifty-five percent of people believe that miscarriages happen in less than 6 percent of pregnancies, but they actually end a full quarter of pregnancies, making miscarriage by far the most common pregnancy complication.
  2. Lifestyle choices during pregnancy most often cause miscarriages. One fifth of people believe that choices like drinking or smoking during pregnancy is why people miscarry, and men are 2.6 times more likely to think this than women. In reality, the majority of miscarriages -- 60 percent -- are caused by genetic problems either in the fetus or the mother.
  3. A stressful event or a longstanding stress can cause miscarriage. Not true, but 76 percent of people believe one instance of stress can cause a miscarriage, and 74 percent believe chronic stress can as well.

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  4. Lifting heavy objects causes miscarriage. 64 percent of people believe it, but there's no science to back this one up.
  5. Past history with sexually transmitted diseases causes miscarriage. Also false, despite the 41 percent of people who believe it to be true.
  6. Past use of birth control causes miscarriage. Twenty-eight percent of people think that women who had an IUD are more likely to miscarry, and 22 percent think the same for women who were on oral contraceptives. Both are false.
  7. Getting into an argument can cause miscarriage. It seems silly, but more than one fifth of Americans believe it. 

How many of these myths did you believe?


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