Reasons for procuring induced abortions are typically characterized as either therapeutic or elective.An abortion is medically referred to as a therapeutic abortion when it is performed to save the life of the pregnant woman; prevent harm to the woman's physical or mental health; terminate a pregnancy where indications are that the child will have a significantly increased chance of premature morbidity or mortality or be otherwise disabled; or to selectively reduce the number of fetuses to lessen health risks associated with multiple pregnancy.That’s why Tommy’s is funding the cost of the UK’s first national Miscarriage Research Centre and aims to halve the number of miscarriages by 2030 by funding medical research.

In some areas abortion is legal only in specific cases such as rape, problems with the fetus, poverty, risk to a woman's health, or incest.

Specific procedures may also be selected due to legality, regional availability, and doctor or a woman's personal preference.

Professor Quenby Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust Clifford Bridge Road Coventry CV2 2DX Tel: 02476967528 Fax: 02476967584 More details on how to take part in our clinical trials here. Evaluation and Management of Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss.

An abortion that occurs spontaneously is also known as a miscarriage.

The most common early first-trimester medical abortion regimens use mifepristone in combination with a prostaglandin analog (misoprostol or gemeprost) up to 9 weeks gestational age, methotrexate in combination with a prostaglandin analog up to 7 weeks gestation, or a prostaglandin analog alone.

Mifepristone–misoprostol combination regimens work faster and are more effective at later gestational ages than methotrexate–misoprostol combination regimens, and combination regimens are more effective than misoprostol alone.

Currently only the clinic in Coventry has an arrangement that allows women with 2 miscarriages to be referred and then only from the local area (see more below).

If you have had 3 miscarriages and wish to be referred to a Tommy’s clinic, you do not have to live within the area of any of the clinics; a GP referral can be made to whichever centre is convenient to you.

Read more about how common miscarriage is for different age groups.

Experiences of miscarriage can be different, but common symptoms include the following: Read more about the symptoms of miscarriage.

A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 24 weeks.