There are three different types of miscarriage that can happen; there are missed miscarriages, there are incomplete miscarriages, and there are complete miscarriages.
Different medical terms get used to describe different types of pregnancy loss.
For example, the term chemical pregnancy is used to describe very early miscarriage. An anembryonic pregnancy, also known as blighted ovum, is when the gestational sac develops without the foetus. A molar pregnancy is one in which pregnancy tissue grows rapidly and another cause of early pregnancy loss is ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a pregnancy develops outside the womb.
Having a miscarriage is sometimes described as being like ‘having a heavy period’. But for many people, the experience is more complicated than that.