Surgeons twice as likely to lose a pregnancy than other women: study

The specialty's training and culture, which 'glorifies independence', are partly to blame, say US authors

Female surgeons experience higher rates of infertility and pregnancy complications than women in the general population, a new US study suggests.

A survey reveals that 42% of female surgeons had experienced pregnancy loss, which was twice the rate in the general population, according to the report published in JAMA Surgery. 

Compared with non-surgeon female partners of male surgeons, female surgeons are also far more likely to experience pregnancy complications (48% versus 27%).

Lead author, Dr Erika Rangel, an assistant professor of surgery at