No Need To Delay Conception After a Miscarriage
How long should I wait to try to conceive again after experiencing a miscarriage is a very common question among women who have experienced one. Historically, many women were instructed to wait to conceive after a miscarriage. A study found that there is no need to delay conception after a miscarriage and in fact women are less likely to have a repeat miscarriage if they try to conceive again sooner.
The Chances of Having a Second Miscarriage
A recent study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology examined whether the interpregnancy interval after a miscarriage impacted the risk of another miscarriage. This study included a group of 514 women who had recently miscarried. Of these, 15.7% had another miscarriage with their next pregnancy. Trying to conceive again immediately was not associated with an increased risk of another miscarriage, however. In fact, the patients who conceived within 3 months of their initial miscarriage had the lowest risk of a repeat miscarriage (7.3%). Women who conceived 6-18 months after their miscarriage had a 22.1% chance of a repeat miscarriage. Based on these findings, there is no need to delay conception after a miscarriage.
Getting the Help You Need
At Fertility Centers of New England, many patients come to us because they are struggling with infertility and/or miscarriages. We are proud to have helped thousands of patients realize their dream of becoming a parent. While fertility treatment often feels like a marathon, the majority of patients will ultimately be successful. Our pregnancy rates remain outstanding, and we are very committed to delivering exemplary patient-centered care.
If you are experiencing recurrent miscarriage or difficulty conceiving, please contact us to set up your first consultation with our team of trusted, caring fertility doctors. Initial consultations are free for those without fertility insurance.