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Miscarriage: Why Do Some Doctors Refer To This As An Abortion? - Dr. Carrillo

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Dr. Carrillo explains why some doctors refer to a miscarriage as an abortion and discusses if a miscarriage is ever considered good.

Dr. Carrillo:
For most patients it’s pretty confusing to hear their doctor refer to their miscarriage as an abortion. In medicine we refer to early pregnancy loss as an abortion.

Early pregnancy loss can then be further differentiated into intentional versus unintentional and miscarriage is unintentional loss of a pregnancy.

And so for most patients and for some clinicians we try to refer to those circumstances as a miscarriage.

I think that that philosophy comes from the phrase, well, if there’s something wrong with the baby, better for you to lose the baby now, right?

But in essence, a miscarriage is never a good experience. So I’d have to say it’s never good.

About Dr. Lori A. Carrillo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.:
Dr. Lori A. Carrillo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, earned her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. After completing her internship in Hawaii, she completed her specialty training at the joint program of Maricopa Medical Center and Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Carrillo opened her own practice, AZ Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC, in August of 2006, and is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. She specializes in a full breadth of obstetrics and gynecology from late childhood, menopause, and high-risk and twin pregnancies. She also specialized in minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic surgery involving Da Vinci robotics.


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