Can A Miscarriage Affect Your Fertility?
A miscarriage is painful and distressing to go through. Whether it happens early or late during a pregnancy, it can affect you physically, mentally and emotionally. You may be eager to try to conceive right away but can a miscarriage affect your fertility?
Miscarriage and fertility: what is the impact?
A miscarriage won’t directly affect your chances to conceive. Many women experience spontaneous miscarriages but go on to have healthy babies later on. However, miscarriage and fertility can be indirectly linked if we consider how a woman is affected by the event.
Miscarriage and fertility: physical impact
Losing a baby can have more of a physical impact if it happens after 10 weeks gestation. Normally, the body will remove the tissue on its own and after one full menstrual cycle, you should be able to fully recover physically. However, with later miscarriages, some remaining fetal tissue will need to be removed surgically.
It is called a D&C procedure (dilation and curettage) that involves removing the tissue from the uterus. There are risks involved with the procedure including infection or puncture of the uterus, scarring of the cervix or haemorrhage. These issues could affect a woman’s chances to conceive later on.
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Miscarriage and fertility: hormonal impact
A miscarriage can also affect your hormones and it takes at least a few months for them to return to normal. A miscarriage can be caused by hormonal issues alone so it is best to check this with a professional before trying to conceive again.
It is also a good idea to look at any nutritional deficiencies. A lack of Omega 3 and other important fatty acids can throw your hormones off balance.
Miscarriage and fertility: emotional and psychological impact
Losing a baby is a traumatic event that can have a huge impact. There are many factors which contribute to this and you shouldn’t blame yourself. You may be in a hurry to conceive again but it’s important to know that stress will affect your fertility. Even seeing babies and pregnant women can be frustrating and painful.
Give yourself time to grieve and don’t put yourself under pressure to become pregnant again straight away. The solution is to find a way to relieve the stress and feel yourself again. Take a vacation with your partner and trust that everything will work out in the end.
The link between miscarriage and fertility is one with many levels. If you have had a previous miscarriage, and you feel ready to try again, then speak with your doctor. They can carry out tests which might help to explain how a miscarriage happened. Above all, they will provide support and advice you need to feel comfortable with pregnancy again.