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How Long After Miscarriage Do You Ovulate?

Updated on June 9, 2016

Having a miscarriage can be emotionally traumatic as well as bring physical problems. However, many women would like to try to get pregnant again soon after a miscarriage. It's important to learn the right time to do so.

In general, you still start to ovulate about 2- 4 weeks after your miscarriage. Continue reading for more details about the miscarriage process and what doctors recommend in terms of trying to get pregnant again.

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How Common Are Miscarriages?

  • About 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage.
  • Less than 5% of women miscarry twice in a row.
  • In 85% of cases of miscarriages, the next pregnancy is carried out successfully.

Doctors generally do not get worried about miscarriages until the third one, since it's not considered totally unusual for two in a row to occur and often a subsequent pregnancy is healthy and successful.

On the third miscarriage, a doctor will check for genetic factors that might be causing the trouble, such as hormonal imbalances, uterine abnormalities or problems with the cervix opening too early.

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When Are You Fertile After Miscarriage?

It is said you are very fertile right after a miscarriage but that fertility levels return to normal after 4-6 weeks, after ovulation has already begun again.

What Happens After Miscarriage

The physical healing occurs rather quickly and is usually complete within 4-6 weeks. The body will normally expel fetal tissue and placenta within 24 hours to several days.

Bleeding will taper to spotting in about a week and hHG (pregnancy hormone) levels will drop to zero after this spotting occurs or about 10 days after the miscarriage. You could be secreting a brown or yellow mucus. You will begin to ovulate about 2 to 4 weeks after the miscarriage. Then your menstrual cycle will return to normal.

It is important to note too that a healthy lifestyle will further ensure your fertility. This includes eating healthy foods, getting exercise, reducing caffeine intake and stress, and taking vitamins.

When to Try to Get Pregnant Again

However, doctors often recommend not trying to get pregnant again right away. They take into account the grieving process, whether fetal tissue has been expelled, and the ability to date pregnancy accurately.

Basically, it is easier to determine conception and due date when you start trying to get pregnant after your menstrual cycle has returned to normal. However, ultrasound has become more reliable in determining these factors as well.

The World Health Organization advises women to not start attempting to conceive again until 6 months after a miscarriage. Doctors often advise waiting at least 3 months for the grieving process.

However, each individual is different and many people want to try again right away. And, in fact, studies have shown that women who conceive again within the first 6 months after a miscarriage are much less likely to miscarry again.

In the end, everyone is different and the decision is made between you and your doctor in consultation, since you and your doctor know you best.

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      kissa265 4 weeks ago

      I had a miscarriage at 13 weeks, found the babies heart beat had stopped at the scan. It has now been 9 weeks since i started miscarrying and been trying for a baby. My usual period dates are completely different and it's throw me! Just hoping for the best.

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      Karen 6 weeks ago

      I just had a miscarriage and my husband and I want to start trying to get pregnant right away, but the doctor advised us to wait 6 months and I'm sorry but that seems like a long time to wait for us, we've been trying to get pregnant for two years and it finally happened, and ended up in a miscarriage at 6wks and 5days, can anyone help me out here plz

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      Paula M 5 months ago

      My doctor said it used to be the standard to wait 3 mo. after MC, but not anymore. He said the potetial to get pregnant within the first few months is much higher right after.

      My friend MC at 11 weeks and got pregnant 4 weeks later. The exception may be a D & C from what my cousin told me (wait 3 months to heal) but I have not researched that myself.