How Soon Can You Get Pregnant Again After a Miscarriage?

For Most Women, This Depends On How Soon Ovulation Returns

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If you've had a miscarriage, it's very normal to wonder if you can get pregnant again - and how long that will take. 

Can You Get Pregnant Again After a Miscarriage?

Chances are very good that you can get pregnant again after a miscarriage.

First, it might help to know that although miscarriage is tragic, it's also surprisingly common. In fact, 15 to 20 percent of pregnancies are miscarried, usually within the first seven weeks.

And the actual miscarriage rate is probably far higher than this because many women miscarry without even knowing they were pregnant. 

Most early miscarriages are caused by random chromosome abnormalities that do not reoccur.

The vast majority of women will go on to have a healthy pregnancy after a miscarriage. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 1 percent of women have recurrent miscarriages. 

How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant Again?

A common question couples have after a first-trimester miscarriage is when it's possible to get pregnant again. The answer varies by the person and situation.

Ovulation is the determining factor in when it's theoretically possible to get pregnant again after a miscarriage. Some women resume menstruation on a normal schedule right away following a miscarriage. This is especially common in chemical pregnancy or other early miscarriage.

It's theoretically possible for these women to conceive again a mere two weeks after the miscarriage. (Ovulation usually happens roughly two weeks into a 28-day menstrual cycle.)

But not every woman goes right back into a normal menstrual cycle without delay. Sometimes it can take two to three months for ovulation to return, especially with later pregnancy losses, and in these cases, it will obviously take longer to conceive again.

There's also a huge amount of variation among women, and no hard and fast rules apply. For example, some women might take two months or longer to resume ovulation after an early miscarriage, and some women who have full-term pregnancy losses may go back to having normal cycles the month after the loss.

For this reason, couples who do not wish to be pregnant again right away should always use contraception until they are comfortable with the possibility of a new pregnancy.

How Long Should You Wait Before Trying Again?

There is also the question of when it is medically advisable to conceive again. For some couples, this is a completely different matter from when it's possible to be pregnant again.

If your doctor has advised you to wait before trying for a new pregnancy for medical reasons, you should use some type of contraception until you are ready to try again. For example, if you've had more than one pregnancy loss, your doctor might want to run tests to try to determine the cause, and you might need treatment before trying again.

However, once you are physically and emotionally ready, there's no reason to wait. Although many doctors give standard advice to wait three or even six months before trying to conceive again after a miscarriage, there's actually no evidence that this waiting period helps pregnancy outcomes.


Pregnancy after miscarriage: What you need to know. Mayo Clinic. March 4, 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions: Repeated Miscarriage. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. June 2013.

Early Pregnancy Loss: Miscarriage and Molar Pregnancy. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. May 2002.

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