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Women at risk of PTSD following a miscarriage, new research says

Women who suffer a miscarriage may go on to develop PTSD

Miscarriage can trigger PTSD, say experts

Suffering a miscarriage can lead women to developing post-traumatic stress disorder

Woman having suffered a miscarriage

Suffering the trauma of a miscarriage can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some women, research from the Imperial College London has revealed.

Doctors at Imperial College studied nearly 90 women at their early pregnancy loss clinic and a third of the women they saw showed signs of suffering PTSD symptoms.

Women were referred to the clinic with a suspected miscarriage or suffering from an ectopic pregnancy. Out of the women monitored, a minority showed symptoms of severe PTSD but many showed moderate to severe symptoms relating to the condition.

PTSD can be triggered following a very stressful, distressing or frightening event or can be the result of a prolonged traumatic experience.

Women at risk of PTSD following a miscarriage, new research says