April 5, 2016

How Long to Wait to Try Again After a Miscarriage

trying after miscarriage
A common question we receive is how long to wait to try again after a miscarriage? Clinicians traditionally have advised those who have suffered a miscarriage not associated with a molar pregnancy to wait at least 3 months before reattempting conception. A recent study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology of a multi-center randomized trial has conclusively shown that couples who try to conceive shortly after an early pregnancy loss have a higher likelihood of a subsequent live birth (53.2%) than those who wait 3 or more months to conceive following a miscarriage (36.1%). The authors concluded that there is no physiological basis for delaying pregnancy after a non-ectopic, non-molar, less than 20 week gestational age pregnancy loss. This is good news for those interested in reattempting pregnancy after sustaining an early loss.
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Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D.

Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D. Board-Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility