Sharon Stone Spoke Out About Feeling a 'Sense of Failure' After Multiple Miscarriages

The 64-year-old actress opened up about her experiences on Instagram.

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Sharon Stone is known for playing powerful roles on the big screen, but she recently got vulnerable on Instagram. The 64-year-old shared that she had nine miscarriages, revealing her experience in the comments section of a People Instagram post. The post features Peta Murgatroyd, a professional dancer, who opened up about experiencing multiple miscarriages herself in a recent interview with People.

"I was completely embarrassed, ultimately ashamed. I didn't even know how to utter the words and have that sentence come out of my mouth: I had a miscarriage," Murgatroyd told People of her first miscarriage.

"We, as females don't have a forum to discuss the profundity of this loss. I lost nine children by miscarriage," wrote Stone while commenting on the recent People post. "It is no small thing, physically nor emotionally yet we are made to feel it is something to bear alone and secretly with some kind of sense of failure. Instead of receiving the much needed compassion and empathy and healing which we so need," she continued. "Female health and wellness left to the care of the male ideology has become lax at best, ignorant in fact, and violently oppressive in effort." (

Stone and Murgatroyd certainly aren't alone in their experiences with having miscarriages. Ten to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in a miscarriage, which is defined as the sudden loss of pregnancy before 20 weeks, reports the Mayo Clinic. Though it's rare, one percent of women will have repeated (two or more) miscarriages, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (

Despite these numbers, a 2015 survey found a majority of people across the U.S. think a miscarriage is a rare pregnancy complication. Additionally, studies suggest that after a miscarriage, 30 to 50 percent of women experience anxiety, while 10 to 15 percent experience depression that typically lasts up to four months. Enduring the loss of a child due to a miscarriage is also associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.

With this in mind, it's incredibly important for people to share their experiences, so no one has to feel "alone" or like a "failure" as Stone wrote. While the discussion around and resources for women's reproductive health still have ways to go, when public figures, including Murgatroyd and Stone, open up about having multiple miscarriages, it's an important reminder for those who experience miscarriages that they aren't alone.

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