Having spent over two years trying to get pregnant, I spent a lot of time doing research and am sharing what I found out.
Suffering a Miscarriage
If you have suffered a miscarriage, I am very sorry for your loss. I know how it feels to lose a baby that you very much wanted. A lot of women wonder how soon they can get pregnant after a miscarriage and the answer to this can depend on a number of factors.
For some people, it takes time to be able to think about trying to get pregnant again after a miscarriage. You need to assess whether you are both physically and mentally ready to try. For others it is a no-brainer to start trying again straight away.
Although any miscarriage is deeply upsetting, the physical aspects of miscarriage can be different for everyone. It may also depend on how far along in your pregnancy you were and whether the miscarriage was natural or medically managed.
Can I Try Straight Away?
For some people it is important to start trying again as soon as possible. If you do want to start trying to get pregnant again straight after a miscarriage it is worth first of all talking to your doctor about this and whether s/he thinks that it is a good idea physically.
There can be issues that prevent you from trying straight away. For example, you may need to wait a while if you had a D&C because it may take a few months for the lining of the womb to build up again to a level high enough to sustain a further pregnancy.* If you try and get pregnant before this then this may lead to another miscarriage if your lining is not thick enough.**
You may also not be able to try to conceive straight away if you went through the medical management option and took a drug such as Misoprostol. If that is the case, then your doctor will probably tell you to wait one or two cycles before trying to get pregnant again.
In terms of your body being ready to try again, you need to take medical advice and your doctor is best placed to help you with this. In terms of your mind then that is something you need to address yourself (and with your partner). It may be the case that you need some time to process the miscarriage before attempting to get pregnant again. In some situations it may be the case that you need to mourn the loss of your child without having the complication of another pregnancy.
* Study by Davar R, Dehghani Firouzabadi R, Chaman Ara K. Dilatation and Curettage Effect on the Endometrial Thickness. Iran Red Cres Med J. 2013; 15(4):350-5. DOI: 10.5812/ircmj.9863 - concludes that dilatation and curettage has a significant effect on the endometrial thinning.
** Many studies that take place use the general assumption that a lower endometrial thickness (i.e. lower than 7mm) will lead to a less successful pregnancy outcome. This is why doctors recommend freezing of embryos in IVF procedures if the lining is at this level.
When Will I Ovulate After a Miscarriage?
So, assuming that you have the all clear to try to get pregnant again after your miscarriage, and you are mentally ready to try again, you may want to get straight back into it. However, this is not always possible for some people if ovulation does not happen straight away.
Many women will ovulate straight after they have had their miscarriage, perhaps even without having a normal cycle in between. For them it is actually possible (and does happen) that they can get pregnant before they even get another period.
However, for some other people they may have to wait until their period shows up before their body decides to ovulate again. The first 'cycle' after the miscarriage may be an anovulatory one (i.e. one in which they do not ovulate).
If you do wait for your period to return then you may have a better idea of where you are in your cycle.
Ovulation May Take a Few Months
The wait for your next ovulatory cycle could be any time from a few weeks to a few months depending on your body and it is really impossible to tell what will happen with each person unless they are being monitored with ultrasounds to see how the follicles are growing.
It can often take some time for your body to get back to normal after a miscarriage. Even when you do start ovulating again it may be on a different day in your cycle to what you are normally used to before you were pregnant. Your cycles should eventually get back to normal but it is possible that this may take a number of months.
A good thing to do to see if your body is returning to normal, is to take your temperature each morning. I have more info on another article if you have not used a basal-body thermometer before. It will give you a good idea of whether you are ovulating—you will see a steep rise in temperature if you are.
You can also use ovulation tests to see if you get a positive indicator, but as your cycle may not be back to normal you may need to keep using these for a few weeks until you get a positive. It can be a good idea to be prepared with a box of 50 ovulation test strips as you may have to test for a bit longer than normal. I found these ovulation tests are really easy to use and there were enough of them to test for a while so that i could figure out what was happening with my body.
If you don't ovulate in the cycle after a miscarriage, then don't panic, this is very common and your cycle should right itself in the next month or two.
Getting Pregnant After a Miscarriage
Although some people may not be mentally ready for trying to get pregnant again straight after a miscarriage, for me it was a case of not having any time to waste. I also have heard many stories that say you are more fertile for the 3 months following a miscarriage so I wanted to take advantage of that.
Although it is frustrating to be waiting to ovulate after a miscarriage, you need to have a little bit of patience to wait for your body to right itself. You may be one of the lucky ones who ovulates straight away and maybe even gets pregnant, but if not, just keep trying and keep monitoring your body.
The (possibly only) positive about having had a miscarriage is that you know that your body can get pregnant. Although this is really no consolation, it does give reassurance that things are working as they should be to a certain extent and you can rule out certain problems (assuming that was your first miscarriage).
Don't underestimate the feelings you may have after the miscarriage, regardless of if you get pregnant again quickly. If needs be, seek out some counselling either from a professional or by chatting to others who have been through the same situation. You are not alone.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2012 Jackie Grant
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 27, 2020:
Hi Lisa, firstly I will say that I am not a medical professional so you should always take their advice, and I am so sorry for your loss. I do know that cycles after a medical abortion can be irregular for a while so it may take your body a few months to settle down. I would say that a good idea is to keep testing for ovulation using cheap testing strips through a large chunk of your cycle as that may help to pinpoint ovulation a bit more easily. Good luck x
Lisa on May 24, 2020:
Hi, I had a medical abortion 7 weeks ago at 15+2 weeks as my baby showed severe chromosome abnormalities. I am devastated and want to do everything I can to get pregnant again as soon as possible. I had a period 4 weeks after the medical procedure which is in line with my normal menstrual cycle, but I’m not due on my period again for 9 days and today I’ve started bleeding again. Is this normal and what could this be? Is it that my periods are just irregular after the procedure or something else? Any tips for trying again?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 08, 2020:
Hi Matthew, do you know if all of the hcg was gone after the miscarriage? I think for me it took about a 3-4 weeks for the hcg to go down to zero after my miscarriage so it may still be from the previous pregnancy. Having said that, it is entirely possible to get pregnant quite quickly after a miscarriage. I would test maybe every 4 days or so and see if the tests get darker or lighter.
Matthew Conteh on May 08, 2020:
Hi, my wife had a miscarriage and we had sex within 7 days after d miscarriage. Now she has tested positive for pregnancy after that sex. Is it possible?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on November 05, 2019:
Hi K.llew, there are occasions where it is not so advisable - for example in cases of a medically treated miscarriage - but as long as your doctor hasn't advised against it is likely to be OK.
K.llew on November 02, 2019:
So is it okay if we get pregnant right after a miscarriage and havent had a period.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on August 22, 2019:
Hi Gladys, I would certainly get checked out by your doctor as this sounds unusual. You should get your period back within 2-3 months unless you get pregnant again straight away so it would be best to get checked out to see what is going on.
Gladys on August 18, 2019:
Hi i had a miscarriage last year October till now i dont have my period is something wrong with me?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on March 14, 2019:
Hi Maathenggi, with some medication you need to wait a while before trying to get pregnant again. Check with your doctor. In any case it is advisable not to try until your HCG level has gone back to zero and you are getting negative pregnancy tests.
Maathenggi on March 12, 2019:
I miscarriage 1 march 6 week. no d&c only take medication. Can't i planning for next pregnant
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on March 11, 2019:
Hi jane, yes there is always a chance of getting pregnant if you don't use contraception, even using the withdrawal method.
https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/Ovulation-After-a-Miscarriage-jane on March 11, 2019:
Hi, I had miscarriage for like 6 months and I was able to get my menstruation on February 13th to 15th (3 days ) I was also 3 days late for menstruation so I will be checking within the 12th 13th and 14th of march if my menstruation will come.
I just want to know after sex (withdrawal) is there a possibility that i might get pregnant?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on February 26, 2019:
Hi Shantrial I am sorry for your loss. If you have been trying again to get pregnant for more than 6 months then it may be worth going to see your doctor to get your hormone levels etc tested. Otherwise it can be quite common to have to keep trying for up to a year to get pregnant so please do not get too despondent.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on December 22, 2018:
Hi Anne, firstly I am so sorry for your loss. If you are worried about not getting pregnant yet then you could speak to your doctor to check that everything is OK. It is not unusual for it to take up to a year to get pregnant whether that be after a miscarriage or not. Good luck.
Anne on December 21, 2018:
i had a miscarriage at 7months. that was in 7 may 2018. and i thought i would get pregnant after 3months, but its now 6months since i had a miscarriage and without conceiving. what could be my problem? am really worried since it was pregnancy i had decided to carry after 3abortions. am worried am i barren?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on December 17, 2018:
Hi encoder, it sounds like it is possible that there may be some small amount of tissue left from the D&C that is retaining HCG in your system. The only way to find out what is going on is to get a quantitative HCG test from your doctor to get the actual level of HCG and then to get another one in a couple of weeks to see if the levels are increasing or decreasing.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on November 21, 2018:
Hi Delzean, yes that can be a pregnancy symptom but give yourself time, 2 months is not long at all and your body may still be getting back to normal. You have got pregnant before so you are obviously doing the right thing but just need to allow your body to recover fully.
Delzean on November 21, 2018:
Hi jackie its been two months since the miscarriage,and i realy thougth that im preagnant again cause of the matalic taste i have in mouth but sadly i got my period today,what can i do
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on November 04, 2018:
Hi Vera, a lot of it depends on how your miscarriage happened. If it was natural then you could try again as soon as you are ready although it is worth speaking to your doctor as they sometimes recommend waiting 3 months. if you had medical intervention with drugs then you definitely need to wait 3 months. So really it is best to consult with your doctor about this so that they can tailor the answer to your circumstances.
Vera on November 04, 2018:
Hi I had a miscarriage after a9weeks of pregnancy and I want to know how long do I have to wait before I get pregnant again? Thank you.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on November 02, 2018:
Hi Sharrynaf I'm sorry I don't really know what you mean.
sharrynaf on November 02, 2018:
how can I take care of myself naturally after a miscarriage
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on October 31, 2018:
Hi sumi, I am sorry I am not a doctor so can't answer that question.
sumi on October 30, 2018:
hi, i had silent miscarriage.After taking medicine my bleding start on 14/10/2018 now i have no bleeding bt spotting continue.i do TVS nd ultra 3 to 4 times after that. last night (30/10/2018) i do a tvs where shows my right ovary has
1 folicle 20 mm nd my left ovary has 2 folicle 22 mm.is it possible to grow folicle so early?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on October 27, 2018:
Hi Linda, no, it is extremely unlikely, the injection is very effective.
Linda on October 25, 2018:
Hello Jackie am Linda, am on three month contraceptive injection for about two weeks now and i had unprotected sex with my partner a day after two weeks is it likely for me to be pregnant.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on October 15, 2018:
No problem Linda. Ovulation can come in weeks or even a couple of months, it really depends on the individual. Check out the second section in the article for more info.
Linda on October 15, 2018:
thanks Jackie, your feedback was very helpful.
please i want to know when does ovulation starts after miscarriage is't in days or weeks.
And one more thing am i gonna have a big ball after my miscarriage.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on October 13, 2018:
Hi Linda, firstly I'm sorry to hear about your miscarriage. As you received the injection very quickly you should be immediately protected. The success rate is over 99% so it is very unlikely that you will get pregnant. Best wishes.
linda on October 13, 2018:
I had my miscarriage on the 9/10/208 I bleed till 12/10/2018 and I want to hospital and they gave me three months contraceptive injection on the 11/10/18 and I had sex with my partner it is possible for me to be pregnant. please I need your help.
Alianah on September 12, 2018:
Thank you so much Jackie for your feedback,it has left me open minded which i find interesting :-)
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on September 12, 2018:
Hi Alianah, I'm not sure I can really answer as to when your miscarriage was - it is usually when you start bleeding when you know you are pregnant which is the point everything gets expelled from the body - but it does depend on how far along you were. If you only got 2 faint positives before the negative then that sounds more like a chemical pregnancy and you might ovulate as normal after that but as I am not a doctor and don't know your circumstances I can't really tell you one way or the other I am afraid. Any bleeding after a negative test I would think would be classed as a period though as by the time you get a negative test result your HCG has pretty much hit zero.
Alianah on September 12, 2018:
Thank you Jackie.just a couple more questions if that ok.i had two positive tests both were faint lines tho.four days later I had a werid feeling so had another test,this was negative but bleeding didn’t start for another two days.wood you class the miscarriage as then,or when bleeding started or when bleeding ended 5days later.sorry just wondering how far after the miscarriage I may have started ovulating.Could my high sex drive the last few days possibly still be the hormones leaving my body from miscarriage or possibly restarting.sorry for the big message :-) thank u
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on September 12, 2018:
Hi Alianah, I do actually know of someone who became pregnant without even having had a period after their miscarriage so it is possible if you ovulated after your miscarriage. Unfortunately it can take the HCG a while to get out of your system from the miscarriage so even if you do a pregnancy test you may still get a positive for up to even a month post miscarriage.
Alianah on September 11, 2018:
Hi.i had a miscarriage 15days ago but the bleeding only stopped 10days ago.the doctors couldn’t give me the morning after pill because of the medication I am on.i couldn’t have got pregnant in that time could I?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on August 27, 2018:
Hi iyaviwa shoti, it is OK to have periods that only last 2 or 3 days and that should not stop you getting pregnant. You can go to your doctor and get your hormone levels checked if you are worried and you can also make sure that you are ovulating by using ovulation tests if you are not already.
iyaviwa shoti on August 27, 2018:
hi I had miscarriage 02/03/2018 ...after that I get menstruated every 20th in month's I take 3 day menstruation by this month I take 2 days menstruation
I don't no why happened
people I need help.. what can I do to get pregnant again after 5 months miscarriage
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on August 26, 2018:
Thanks Glenn, and I'm glad your mother tried again straight away! It is a tricky thing and often it depends on the person and the circumstances of the miscarriage, but I think it's important to get some information out there as people are often not in the state of mind to ask this kind of question when they have a miscarriage.
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on August 26, 2018:
Jackie, I found this very interesting and informative. I became interested in reading your article when I read the title because I was born a year after my mother had a miscarriage. My parents told me they immediately tried again and had me. If it wasn’t for that miscarriage, I never would have been born. So learning about the details that you clearly explained was very meaningful to me.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on August 15, 2018:
Hi Priya, yes there is a chance you could have got pregnant but as your cycles are still a bit irregular it is difficult to say when your period might actually be due as it may not go back to 28 days immediately.
Priya on August 15, 2018:
Hi i had a miscarriage on may 8 and i didnt get ma period so i conceled doc she gav tablet thn after 1 week i got period. tat is july 15..bt after tat i n ma partner had intercourse... aug 15 tdy i didnt get ma period is ter any chance of getng conceived..and before i hav cyst wil it be cleared after abortion..
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on August 07, 2018:
Hi nicole, firstly I am sorry for your loss. Barring any unusual circumstances your body should be physically ready to try again but it sounds like it is your mind that may not be ready. The problem is that once you have had a miscarriage that thought will always be in your mind whenever you try again and no time will change that. So really only you can know when you feel ready and the starting point is that you say you feel like you want to try again, so that is a good start. It is never going to be easy, but if you accept that then maybe you will be ready to move on and try again. Best wishes x
nicole on August 06, 2018:
Hi next month will make it one year that i had a miscarriage. i feel like i want to try again but im very scared i dont know what to do. How do you know its the right time to try again?
Afi on July 24, 2018:
thank you so much Jackie, your answer was so helpful.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on July 24, 2018:
Hi afi, firstly I'm sorry for your loss - yes your period will return to normal after your miscarriage but it may take a few months. For others it is immediate though so it all depends on the individual. Doctors sometimes advise waiting 3 months before trying to get pregnant again so that your hormone levels return to normal and your lining is thick enough to maintain a pregnancy, but that also really depends on your circumstances. You will definitely need to wait until your hcg levels go back to zero so it is worth using some cheap pregnancy tests to make sure there is no line on them.
afi on July 23, 2018:
i had a regular period before pregnancy, unfortunately I had a miscarriage 5 days ago, is it possible to have a regular period after this ?
When is the best time to get pregnant after miscarriage since I do not like wait?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on July 20, 2018:
Hi Yanique, I assume you have done a pregnancy test? Hormones can go a bit awry after a miscarriage but usually settle within 3 months so it might be worth going to see your doctor to get checked out.
Yanique on July 19, 2018:
Am not sure am in the right place but I had a miscarriage 1 March of this year see my period in April and May however I didn't see it June and still waiting to see it in July is there something to worry about
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on July 17, 2018:
Oh no Maria, I am sorry people have said things like that to you, that seems quite heartless. Sending you lots of love and best wishes x
Maria on July 17, 2018:
Thank you Jackie
You will never know how much your words meant to me..
Most of people around me either friends or family are saying something like...
" It is not the end of the world"
"It is common"
"What would you do if you lose a child or have a still born"
"Consider it a late period"
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on July 16, 2018:
Hi Maria, I think you have every reason to be a little crazy after what you have been through, it must be really tough. Yes I was also showing positive on tests for 3-4 weeks after my miscarriage so certainly give it a little more time. It may be worth taking a couple of months off at least to let your body get back to normal and to let yourself grieve a bit x
Maria on July 16, 2018:
I am 31, started to try for a baby last October. I got pregnant in November, lost it as missed miscarriage at 12 weeks just the baby stopped growing at 7 weeks for no reason. Cytotec and passed it like I passed my soul. Started to try right away but I got my period after 2 full months of miscarriage!
I fall pregnant in May and lost it this month... Anembrionic pregnancy which failed to pass on medical treatment at 9 weeks and went for suction procedure.. now I am day 18 after the procedure and still testing positive.. faint but a difinit line is there.
Now part of me is crying to get pregnant again and the other part is crying to stop me of thinking about the whole matter again!
I think I'm getting crazy
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on July 13, 2018:
Hi Anu, I'm so very sorry for your losses.
I think as yours is a particularly special situation you really need to ask your doctor these questions as they will be able to give you more specific advice tailored to your own situation. best wishes, Jackie x
Anu on July 12, 2018:
Hi I am Anu, I was 6months pregnant with twins. One of the twins was diagnosed by ebstein anamoly and reduction procedure was done. Simultaneously I had labor pain one month later of the reduction procedure and the second baby delivered in 6months but couldn't survive.I had a normal delivery without any stiches. How long should I wait to conceive again? What are the chances that second pregnancy will be diagnosed by anamoly again?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on June 16, 2018:
Hi Sabina, no it doesn't necessarily take any longer to get pregnant after a miscarriage.
Sabina Barrera on June 16, 2018:
I had a miscarriage at 2 months it wa astound September and now I'm trying again does it take longer to get pregnant again ?
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on June 15, 2018:
Hi Kalpana basnet, your doctor is really the best person to advise you what to do I would have to say. perhaps he is talking about using clomid. You just need to weigh up the risks and benefits and decide what is best for you. The good news is that you are able to get pregnant naturally but there may be other reasons why your doctor wants to induce ovulation.
Kalpana basnet on June 15, 2018:
Hi I am 37 married for 1 year. After 4 months of my marriage I had ectopic pregnancy n had right salpingectomy. Then after 6 months I conceive again but that last on miscarriage at 9 weeks. I had already my 3 cycles n now m again planning to conceive my gynecologist advise me for ovulation induction. I am confused it is good idea to induce ovulation or should I go for natural process of conception. Please suggest me.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 31, 2018:
Hi Christyle, I'm so sorry to hear that. Your body may take a while to get back to normal and often it is only around the 3rd cycle after a miscarriage that things might be as they were before. Are you using ovulation tests? I'm afraid that sometimes the only thing to do is to wait and give your body a chance to sort itself out but things should return to normal eventually.
Christyle on May 30, 2018:
Hi I recently suffered my first miscarriage. I. 32 I have a healthy 10 year old son. I'm having my 2nd cycle and really want to try again.i just don't feel like I'm ovulating. Please write me.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 04, 2018:
You could have a look at this article https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/why-cant-i-get-...
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on April 07, 2018:
Hi Busygirl004, I am very sorry that you are suffering a miscarriage. Each body works differently in terms of having a miscarriage and some people have to have a D&C as nature just doesn't want to do it for them. You should chat to your doctor about how long you want to wait and see if it will happen naturally if they think that is a good option for you. Sometimes it does happen quickly but that is not always the case. The chances of having a miscarriage in your 40s are higher, as you have found, but there is still a chance that you can carry a baby to full term. Good luck.
Busygirl004 on April 05, 2018:
I am currently suffering my first miscarriage at forty. I already have four children when I was younger and would very much like to have another.
In the last year I have been pregnant twice , the first one was a ectopic c scar pregnancy that wasn’t an option of keeping as it would have ruptured my uterus. Exactly one year from this I found out I was pregnant again. Sadly two weeks later I got told the baby just didn’t develop. I am terribly scared I am running out of time and while I want to keep trying I am worried about this happening again also.
How long does it take to miscarry naturally ? I am trying to decide if I want a D and c or if I want to let nature take its course.
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on May 07, 2014:
Hi Colleen firstly I'd like to say how sorry I am you had to go through that.
I'm not medically qualified to comment on a drug but I know that a lot of women are advised to wait 3 months before trying again so it might be worth speaking to a doctor if they have not specifically advised you on this. Best of luck x
Colleen on May 07, 2014:
Hello there! My name is Colleen and on April 17 I found out I had a missed miscarriage. I was 14 weeks along. I had to deliver my son vaginally and was given 3 doses of cytotec (200mg) to dilate. Do you know any more about this drug? I never though to question it, but are there any risks of trying to get pregnant within a few months of taking it? We want to try again next month, but now I'm worried about any possible side effects of this drug. Any info will help, Thanks!
Jackie Grant (author) from UK on June 06, 2012:
I'm so sorry Oladimeji, that must have been terrible. It can sometimes take the body a while to recover after something like that but you have shown that you can get pregnant so I'm afraid that all you can do is keep trying and make sure you get the timing right. Best wishes.
Oladimeji Bolanle on June 06, 2012:
I couldn't get preg.. After induced abortion at 21wks, going 2 8months .
January Moon from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga on April 03, 2012:
This is wonderful info for women trying to have a baby after a miscarriage, great tips, voted up