Key points from article :
Miscarriage may be associated with an increased risk of early death.
Data was taken from 101,681 women as part of the Nurses’ Health Study in the US.
2,936 premature deaths were recorded, this included 1,346 from cancer and 269 from cardiovascular disease.
Death rates were higher for women who had three or more miscarriages & for women who had first miscarriage under the age of 24.
Association was strongest for deaths from cardiovascular disease.
Women who had a miscarriage were 19 per cent more likely to die prematurely.
Recurrent spontaneous abortions and spontaneous abortions were associated with an increased risk of premature death.
Spontaneous abortion could be an early marker of future health risk in women.
More research was needed to work out how miscarriages are related to women’s long term health.
Study by Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health published in the journal BMJ.