A miscarriage can bring about a number emotions for a person. Not only are you grieving the loss of your child, but you're likely to feel a combination of guilt, fear, and anger as well. Once you've had time to sort through your feelings, you will likely want to begin the healing process by reconnecting with your partner and even trying to conceive again. But before you begin having sex, you'll want to be sure your body has the time it needs to heal. Which is why you’ve probably wondered how long do you have to wait after a miscarriage to have sex?
According to WebMD, women were once advised to wait between two and three months after a miscarriage before trying to conceive again. But this is no longer the case, as studies have shown that there is no known benefit to waiting this length of time. There are, however, some other issues you should consider before you begin having sex again.
As the International Society for Sexual Medicine pointed out, the uterus and cervix stay partially dilated after a miscarriage, making the mother more prone to infection. For this reason, Very Well advised that a woman wait until all miscarriage-related bleeding stops — approximately two weeks — before having sex again. It’s important to note, however, that if you are not ready to get pregnant again right away, you should consider using some form of birth control, since it is possible to conceive as soon as two weeks after a miscarriage. Even if you think everything is OK, it's a good idea to have your doctor perform a pelvic exam before you start to have intercourse again, according to the ISSM.
It can be difficult to deal with the loss of your pregnancy, but you are not alone. According to WebMD, between 8 and 20 percent of pregnancies result in miscarriage. But having a miscarriage doesn't have to mean that motherhood isn't in your future. As Dr. Jani Jansen told Parents, if you've had one miscarriage, you are just as likely to have a successful pregnancy as anyone else.
And if you aren't in the mood to have sex right away, don't worry. You've just experienced a tremendous loss. Even if you're physically ok to resume sexual activity, you and your partner should take all the time they need to recover emotionally.