How Soon Can I Have Sex after a Miscarriage?
What is a miscarriage?
“The loss of a pregnancy during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy (the first trimester) is called early pregnancy loss, miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion.”
Miscarriage is more common than you may think.
In fact, it can occur in about 10% of known pregnancies up to 1/3 of pregnancies in women over 40. It may be totally spontaneous or require medical and/or surgical interventions (i.e. medication, aspiration and/or a D & C-dilation and curettage).
Typical signs or symptoms of miscarriage are the following:
- heavy bleeding
- abdominal cramping pain (usually worse than your normal menstrual period)
Resuming sex after miscarriage can have many factors that would influence best practice.
Therefore, always follow your MD’s advice or discharge instructions above any advice or recommendations given here as these are generalized and are not specific to your personal medical history. In fact, it is usually recommended that you wait 1-2 weeks after bleeding has stopped to resume sex or put anything in your vagina, as you will be more at risk for infection during this time. This is due to the pathway to enter your body is in a more susceptible condition for a bacterial or viral pathogen. Call your OBGYN or go to an emergency room right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Heavy bleeding (soaking more than two maxi pads per hour for more than 2 hours in a row)
- Severe pain
It is also known that you may ovulate within 2 weeks of miscarriage.
That being said, you could become pregnant again before you have an actual menstrual period. Additionally, if you do not want to become pregnant again but plan to have sex, use some type of birth control. There is no medical reason not to try to become pregnant again soon after a miscarriage. However, you might want to want to wait until after you have a normal menstrual period for better ability to predict fetal age of a subsequent pregnancy.
If you have had multiple early pregnancy losses, you should seek care and possible treatment of an OBGYN before attempting to become pregnant again. For more information visit the link here.
Donna Little, RN
NOTE: If you need someone to talk to about your miscarriage, we can help. We have an ongoing program called Empty Arms for women that have suffered or are currently suffering from a miscarriage. If this is you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 326-1907. Can’t leave the house or don’t want to talk over the phone? Visit Miscarriage Hurts to read testimonials from women that have dealt with a similar experience as yourself and find out ways to cope with your loss.