Are you really more fertile after a miscarriage?

(23 Posts)
Hazchem Fri 25-Apr-14 07:48:38

I was holding onto the I'm more fertile after a miscarriage idea. So found each period really upsetting. Really really upsetting. I wasn't more fertile but at the same time found I had an under active thyroid which is linked to problems TTC and miscarriage. However withing a couple of weeks of starting the treatment i was pregnant.

returnvisit Thu 24-Apr-14 18:03:24

I did loads of research on this after a miscarriage at 6 weeks after 3DC. I was advised to wait a cycle but no one could explain why other than to date the pregnancy but isnt dating what happens at the dating scan? Anyway i conceived without a period and my new due date is exactly 4 weeks after my "old" due date. I would say give it a shot. Good luck .

5madthings Fri 18-Apr-14 18:40:22

I have had two miscarriages and got preg straight away afterwards without waiting a month, the Dr told me the reason they say to wait a month is so they can date the preg more accurately.

For me and my friends it has been the case that you are more fertile straight after miscarriage.

22honey Fri 18-Apr-14 18:33:06

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22honey Fri 18-Apr-14 18:32:57

It took 18 months from coming off the pill to conceiving my firs, it was an ectopic with a subsequent sac in the uterus that also miscarried. I was devastated and thought I'd never conceive again but did so 3 months after having the methtroxate (sp?) treatment, I'm 22+5 now with a little girl and all seems ok so far.

Devora Fri 05-Oct-12 00:39:09

There seems to be lots of anecdotal support for the theory, but no real evidence. So in the spirit of adding to that, let me tell you that I ttced for two years before having an early miscarriage (at the age of 40 - devastating - MN was a great comfort at that time). Two cycles later I was pg again, carrying that one successfully to term.

This seems to have happened for a lot of my friends too.

I am really sorry for your loss, and hope you get good news soon smile

PedanticPanda Fri 05-Oct-12 00:34:09

We were ttc since the start of the year, lost our baby at 8 weeks in August then fell pregnant again straight away. We thought it would take just as long again but it didn't. You're advised to wait a month so they can work out your dates from your last period.

debz6108 Fri 05-Oct-12 00:30:32

There has been a recent study suggesting that a reason some women are susceptible to miscarriage is they are mire fertile and embryos that would not normally successfully attach in most women do with mc sufferers but result in mc as they were not viable to begin with. However I personally had both mcs and fertility problems although after the first pregnancy it did tend to become easier to get pregnant

MammaMo Fri 05-Oct-12 00:28:18

Thank you so much for the advise and support

minimuffin, Interesting that my situation was very similar to yours....first natural miscarriage after 2 DC etc - makes me feel that I am not alone
It's good to hear that you are pregnant again so soon after your missgariage...I hope it won't be too long for me smile

Messtins...Yeah we really are due some good luck smile

minimuffin Thu 04-Oct-12 12:27:49

I'm sorry Mammamo. I fell pregnant 2 weeks after a natural miscarriage at 7 weeks, so I never had another period post mc. I had a strong feeling that I was ovulating at the time we conceived and like you, was so keen to be pregnant again. Also like you, this was our 3rd DC and my first miscarriage. We had ummed and aaahed a lot over whether to have a third baby, so the only silver lining to the mc for us was that we felt sure - having lost the 3rd pregnancy - that we really did want a 3rd DC. When I found out I was pregnant again and went to see GP (slightly shame-facedly as she had told me to wait to have a period before TTC again) she said that some women's fertility spikes post miscarriage and post birth. It made dating the pregnancy tricky (she sent me off for a viability and dating scan) and so the slightly upsetting aspect was that I had to use the date I started mc as the date of LMP for the 4th pregnancy. DC3's due date was 5 weeks after what would have been the due date of the baby we lost. It does sound as if you have had a period and your body is getting back into its rhythm. If you feel ready in mind and body, go for it and good luck

BebeBelge Thu 04-Oct-12 12:25:01

I have lost 2 babies and both times got pregnant again 1-3 months afterwards. BTW the only reason you are told to wait for one cycle before trying again is so that IF you do become pregnant they can date the pregnancy more easily. There is no medical reason to wait.

juneau Thu 04-Oct-12 12:21:21

I was told after having a MMC that many women are more fertile for up to six months after a miscarriage. I think the consultant at the hospital told me that - although I wouldn't swear to it now as it was back in 2010. I got pg again three months after my MC, so it certainly worked for me, but I'm fertile anyway.

headfairy Thu 04-Oct-12 12:15:13

I don't know if there's any evidence beyond anecdotal, but having taken 18 months to conceive ds, I had two back to back mcs (I conceived the second time immediately, four weeks after mc, with no period in between) and then conceived immediately after the 2nd mc. I may well have just become much more aware of my cycle and intuitively aware of when I was fertile, but it seemed so odd to be able to get pg so quickly when it took so long with ds.

crosscupcake Thu 04-Oct-12 12:11:10

Im not convinced.

I have had 7 mcs, and it always took between 6-22 months to concieve and we started trying as soon as bleeding stopped.

having said that...i havent had a period between a miscarriage and a BFP this time, this will be the first time and we have been ttc for over 5 years.

lucamom Wed 03-Oct-12 23:23:07

Only anecdotal but I got pregnant again 2 weeks after first started bleeding with early mc, as did my sister.

sleeplessinsuburbia Tue 02-Oct-12 07:08:22

messtins buy a huge pack of ovulation testers on eBay and check daily/ twice daily. As I have said before, the specialists I've seen don't believe you are more fertile but don't say you must wait to try again. I have been pregnant without a period, it was not an issue.

messtins Mon 01-Oct-12 14:02:02

I'm hoping it's true. The baby we just lost took 12m TTC sad. I had a MC in 2009 and it sent my cycles screwy for 3m, I concieved 6m after the MC. It does seem to happen quickly for a lot of people though. My periods afterward were heavier than normal for a few months, but the first cycle is often a bit strange, it's usually a bit longer than normal because your body isn't reset until your HCG drops to zero. I MC 8-9 Sept - must have been around the same time as you, but it took 3 weeks to get a negative HPT so no idea when AF will show her lovely face again. We're not using any contraception, but not "trying" as we have no idea where in cycle I am. If we are lucky and concieve this cycle the only issue is it makes the pregnancy a bit difficult to date (excuse for an early scan)
Hope you prove to be extra fertile - we're due some good luck, surely?

For everyone I know it appears to be true, I had a mmc at 14wks and fell pregnant 3mnths later, I'm 28wks now.

laurajane89 Mon 01-Oct-12 13:18:05

hi mammamo, yes you are more fertile after a miscarriage. i had a miscarriage on 28th july this year and i started ttc as soon as the bleeding had stopped and i am now 5.6weeks pregnant. good luck

laurajane89 Mon 01-Oct-12 13:16:21

hi mammamo, yes you are more fertile after a miscarriage. i had a miscarriage on 28th july this year and i started ttc as soon as the bleeding had stopped and i am now 5.6weeks pregnant. good luck

whiterose2011 Mon 01-Oct-12 11:52:54

I'm sorry for your loss. I've read lots about this being the case but it's always been on websites etc and not via a Medical professional. I had my first mc on 22 sept but am going to wait until I have my first period to try again. If you know for certain that everything is normal and you have had a scan to show that, I don't see any reason why you can't just try and see what happens. Will keep my fingers crossed for you.

sleeplessinsuburbia Mon 01-Oct-12 09:51:32

I'm sorry for your miscarriage. It's horrible. I have had a stillbirth and a number of miscarriages and have always become pregnant soon after. The drs I have seen don't seem to commit to that concept of being more fertile, if it's meant to be it will be. Which is of course no help sorry. If it gives you hope I miscarried a few weeks ago and just got a positive pregnancy test so good luck.

MammaMo Mon 01-Oct-12 09:43:27

I miscarried 3 1/2 weeks ago and it's on my mind everyday
I want that feeling of being pregnant back and even though I am worried it may happen a second time I am keen on trying to conceive again.
It was a natural miscarriage and bleeding stopped after a week..scan showed everything to be normal and ovaries healthy. I have 2 DC and this was my first miscarriage
The advice was to wait for 1 period before trying again, a couple of days ago I had very light pink blood only when I wiped it only lasted for 2 days...is this a period?
I would really like to try again now and was wondering - are my more fertile at this stage or is that just a myth?

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