Miscarriage signifies the spontaneous expulsion of a fetus or embryo from the uterus or womb, particularly before the 20th week of pregnancy. Miscarriage also signifies that the embryo or fetus is incapable of surviving outside of the womb.

Also known as spontaneous abortion (as opposed to induced abortion), miscarriage is the most common complication that women suffer in their early pregnancy, usually occurring in the first trimester.

Miscarriage can be caused by a variety of factors, including uterine malformation, cervical complications, fibroids or growths within the uterus and difficulties with the umbilical cord. Miscarriage also can be caused due to injuries suffered from a defective intrauterine device or IUD.

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