When Will I Ovulate After a Miscarriage?

When ovulation starts again can vary from person to person

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If you're eager to try to get pregnant again after a miscarriage, or you are simply curious about when you will be fertile again, you may be wondering when you will start ovulating again after a miscarriage.

The answer varies person to person. Some women resume ovulating right away, meaning ovulation could happen as little as two weeks after the miscarriage as ovulation usually happens in the middle of the menstrual cycle, and the average menstrual cycle is about 28 days in length.

For others, the body does not resume normal menstrual cycles right away, so it can take longer to begin ovulating again.

Determining When You Will Ovulate

In most cases, you will begin having normal cycles again within three months of having a miscarriage. However, since the amount of time can vary significantly from person to person, it is impossible to predict when you will begin ovulating again.

How soon, after miscarrying, you ovulate again can also vary based on when in your pregnancy you miscarried. If you experienced a miscarriage early in your pregnancy, you may ovulate as soon as two weeks after miscarrying. If you miscarried later in your pregnancy, you may have to wait two or three months before you start ovulating against. 

Ways to Track Ovulation

If you are trying to get pregnant again and want to track your ovulation, you can buy daily ovulation predictor tests which can help you determine whether or not you are ovulating.

These tests work by testing the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine. Before you ovulate, your LH level surges, which most at home ovulation tests can detect with a high rate of accuracy. Depending on which test you buy, you will either have to urinate directly on the test strip or dip the strip in your urine for the allotted amount of time.

You can also download a fertility tracking app; however, the data it presents you may not be accurate if you haven't logged your cycles for a while and if your cycles are irregular.

Other at-home measures you can use to track ovulation include monitoring your body temperature, as it increases about half a degree around the time of ovulation. If you are ready to get pregnant and are having trouble conceiving, make an appointment with your gynecologist or ask for a referral to a reproductive endocrinologist. There may be a reason for your miscarriage or difficulty conceiving, which a fertility specialist can diagnose. A specialist can also order blood tests to more precisely determine whether or not you are ovulating. 

If you are not ready to get pregnant again, resume using contraception until you are comfortable with the possibility that you could get pregnant again. It can be emotionally difficult trying to conceive after a miscarriage. If you are struggling emotionally, speak to a therapist or someone you trust.

Source:

American Pregnancy Association, "After a Miscarriage: Physical Recovery." Oct 2003. 

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