What Causes Miscarriages?

Miscarriages can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose miscarriages, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "miscarriages" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities (more below):
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Lupus (SLE)
  • Low Progesterone
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Miscarriages
  • Anorexia/Starvation Tendency
  • Adrenal Fatigue

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high iodine consumption
low systolic blood pressure
painful deep penetration during sex
hair loss on lower legs
weak urine stream
pear-shaped body when overweight
history of frequent dieting
typical Metformin use
depression with some anxiety
loss of appetite
water retention before menstruation
slight abdominal fullness
... and more than 150 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of miscarriages:
Cause Probability Status
Anorexia/Starvation Tendency 92% Confirm
Lupus (SLE) 29% Unlikely
Adrenal Fatigue 18% Unlikely
Low Progesterone 0% Ruled out
Endometriosis 0% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 0% Ruled out
Fibroids 0% Ruled out
Miscarriages 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having been pregnant but not now or being pregnant again, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had any miscarriages?
Possible responses:
→ None / don't know
→ Probably, or too early to be sure
→ Yes, early in pregnancy
→ Yes, one later than second month of pregnancy
→ Two or more after second month
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate probable miscarriage, early term miscarriage or late term miscarriage, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Susceptibility To Miscarriages

Susceptibility To Miscarriages also suggests the following possibilities:


Submucous fibroids are the type that most commonly cause significant problems; even small tumors located in or bulging into the uterine cavity may cause heavy bleeding, anemia, pain, infertility or miscarriage.

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

The miscarriage rate in SLE patients is much higher than that of the general population.  Although most women who suffer recurrent miscarriages do not have clinical signs of SLE, many exhibit autoimmune phenomena which is similar to that seen in SLE patients.

Anorexia / Starvation Tendency

Anorexia or starvation causes difficulties in conceiving and carrying a baby to term.

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