Suffering a miscarriage can be devastating, particularly if you have been trying to get pregnant for a long time. According to the Miscarriage Association, one in five pregnancies in the UK end in a miscarriage, resulting in a total of around 250,000 each year. Furthermore, 1 in 100 women goes on to suffer recurring miscarriages of three or more.
While it may be more common than you might realise, that doesn’t make going through a miscarriage any easier to deal with. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t go on to have a healthy pregnancy.
If you are thinking of trying again after a miscarriage, help and support are available. Here, we reveal the main things to consider and the support available should you need it.
Speaking to your doctor
When you suffer a miscarriage, it is important to speak to your doctor. While in most cases, women do go on to have a healthy pregnancy after experiencing a miscarriage, there could be an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. This is especially true if you have experienced recurring miscarriages.
Your doctor will also be able to advise you on when you can start trying again and refer you to a specialist if needed.
How long should I leave it before trying again?
There really is no set answer here. However, you should always wait until you are both emotionally and physically ready to try again.
Physically speaking, you should wait until the symptoms of the miscarriage have passed. This includes any bleeding or pain you might experience. If you don’t wait until these symptoms have cleared up, you do risk developing an infection.
Emotionally, you will know when you are ready to start trying again. Keep in mind that it is possible to ovulate before you have your next period. During this time, you may still be fertile, which means you could get pregnant again. If you aren’t quite ready for that yet, make sure you use contraception until you are.
Your menstrual cycle will likely be shorter or longer during the first month after the miscarriage. For this reason, it is often recommended you begin trying again after your next period.
Seeking help and support after a miscarriage
Going through a miscarriage can be a traumatic time, especially if it isn’t your first one. If you need to, don’t be afraid to reach out for support.
There are a lot of wonderful support groups out there, as well as professional emotional support available. You can also get help to determine why you are experiencing multiple miscarriages.
At SureScan, we provide a recurrent miscarriage service that will help to identify any underlying issues you might be experiencing. You can sit down for a comprehensive appointment with one of our friendly and understanding consultants. Book an initial consultation with our expert team today.