How long does it take for ovulation after miscarriage? Does the normal monthly cycle start right away, or is there a break, as there often is after giving birth? If you just had a miscarriage, is it safe to get pregnant again at once, or should you wait? All of these questions will be covered in this article.
So, how soon can you expect ovulation after miscarriage? The answer is that in most cases, the first period will start between 4 and 6 weeks later. So it’s almost a question of going straight back into your monthly cycle.
It is not like after giving birth. In that situation, while you are producing milk, the hormonal balance is different from normal and women’s fertility tends to be low. Many women do not see their regular cycle return for a long time after the birth. This is not true of miscarriage.
However, even though you have a period, you might not ovulate before it. In some cases, no egg is released the first month and you will not see the usual changes of temperature etc if you are tracking your ovulation. Do not worry if this happens. You should ovulate again next month.
In other cases ovulation does occur as usual, 14 days before the first period starts. That would be 2-4 weeks after the miscarriage. This means that you could be pregnant again within a couple weeks of losing your baby, without ever having a period.
But is this wise? Is it even safe to get into another pregnancy so soon? Are you likely to lose this baby as well, if you act too fast?
The first thing to say is that you should not be having intercourse until the bleeding has stopped. There is a bigger risk of infection after a miscarriage than during regular menstrual bleeding. Bleeding should gradually reduce and stop within 7-10 days. If it does not, tell your doctor and continue to avoid sex.
Signs of infection include temperature, pain and/or an offensive discharge. Get medical help for this urgently, because an infection after miscarriage can make you infertile.
If you do not have any problems and you have a normal ovulation after miscarriage, you might become pregnant again right away. If this happens, there is a slightly higher risk that the next pregnancy will miscarry as well. Therefore, most doctors recommend waiting until after you have had at least one period. That way you know your body is back to normal.
You are likely to be feeling stress and grief at the loss of your baby and that is another good reason for waiting a few weeks. Do not try to bury your grief by replacing your lost baby too fast: no child can replace another child. It is best to let your emotions as well as your body return to normal before you try again. Do not rush into another pregnancy just because you quickly have ovulation after miscarriage.