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Health & Fit Study: Women Who Had a Miscarriage or Ectopic Pregnancy May Develop Long-Term PTSD

23:35  15 january  2020
23:35  15 january  2020 Source:   people.com

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One in six women who lose a baby during pregnancy experiences long - term symptoms of The first was an ectopic pregnancy at 23, while the second was a miscarriage and occurred about a The women who participated in the study attended the Early Pregnancy Assessment Units at three

For the study , which was published in BMJ Open, researchers surveyed 113 women who had recently suffered from a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy Researchers discovered that four in 10 women reported experiencing symptoms of PTSD three months after their miscarriage , including moderate to

In the weeks and months following a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, a significant amount of women will develop long-term post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

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According to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, nine months after experiencing a pregnancy loss, 18 percent of women had PTSD, 17 percent had anxiety and 6 percent reported having depression.

For the study, researchers at Imperial College in London and KU Leuven in Belgium surveyed 737 women who had a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy (where the embryo attaches to the outside of the uterus, making it unviable) about their mental health at three points — one, three and nine months later.

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She and her colleagues asked 737 women who experienced a miscarriage during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy or an ectopic pregnancy – in which the embryo attaches outside of the uterus, causing pregnancy loss – to fill out mental health questionnaires designed to diagnose anxiety, depression

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In the first month after a pregnancy loss, 29 percent of women reported having PTSD symptoms, 24 percent had moderate to severe anxiety and 11 percent had moderate to severe depression. While those numbers all dropped by the nine-month mark, the figures are still “terrifyingly high,” Jessica Farren, an obstetrician and gynecologist at St. Mary’s Hospital in London and lead author of the study, told New Scientist.

“We have a problem on our hands that we haven’t up until now properly acknowledged or looked to treat,” she said.


Women with PTSD often have negative thoughts, feelings of hopelessness, a detachment from friends and family and are easily startled or frightened, according to the Mayo Clinic. PTSD can also led to eating disorders, problems with drug or alcohol abuse and suicidal thoughts or actions.

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One in six women who lose a baby in early pregnancy experiences long - term symptoms of post - traumatic stress , a UK study suggests. Women need more sensitive and specific care after a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy , researchers say. Toni Edwards-Beighton, 36, says she felt she

One in six women who experience miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy can suffer from long - term post - traumatic stress , a study has found. Dr Jessica Farren, first author of the research from Imperial, and Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, said: “ Post - traumatic stress can have a toxic effect on

Farren said that the research reinforced the need for better resources for women who experience pregnancy loss so it isn’t “brushed under the carpet.”

“In an ideal world, there would be some sort of screening [for mental health symptoms] after a miscarriage,” she said.

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Miscarriage Trauma Can Last Far Longer Than We Realized .
In a study of women who had an early miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, nearly 30% had symptoms of post-traumatic stress one month after their loss. In addition, nearly 25% had signs of moderate to severe anxiety. And 11% had signs of moderate to severe depression.Nine months after their early pregnancy loss, 18% of the women continued to have signs of post-traumatic stress, 17% had signs of moderate to severe anxiety, and 6% had signs of moderate to severe depression.

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