Ovulation can happen as early as two weeks after the loss of a pregnancy. Miscarriage can be emotionally taxing for a woman. A woman will need time to heal completely and to get pregnant again. Your menstrual cycle will come back to normal if you want to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy.
How Does Menstrual Cycle Change after a Miscarriage?
Your body needs time to recover after the loss of a foetus. Hence, periods will very likely resume four to six weeks after the miscarriage. In some women, it may start early too. But, if it is delayed beyond that, visit your gynaecologist. It is possible that your body may treat the miscarriage as a period and resume the menstrual cycle shortly.
Your first period after a miscarriage may bring heavy bleeding with a lot of cervical mucus. You may also see the colour of the cervical mucus change and notice some blood clots. Bleeding differs from woman to woman based on previous cycles. Your periods may last from four to seven days and you may see spotting throughout the month. It is completely normal to go through this strange phase. Your periods will be termed normal again, when you stop bleeding or spotting for 20 days straight.
How Soon Can You Ovulate After a Miscarriage?
You can start ovulation after miscarriage within two weeks after the day of your miscarriage. Your menstrual cycle will start from day 1 when the bleeding stops. When your hormonal levels return to normal and your periods return, then you may ovulate. If you want to increase your chances of a successful pregnancy, you must try getting pregnant again after one menstrual cycle.
Furthermore, when you try to conceive after a miscarriage, you’re likely to be more fertile and at a lower risk of experiencing pregnancy complications like stillbirth, preeclampsia, and low-birth weight.
Signs of Ovulation After a Miscarriage
Following are the symptoms of ovulation after a miscarriage:
- Heightened sex drive
- Sensitivity or tenderness in the breasts
- Light spotting
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Cervical mucus that looks clear and thicker
- A slight increase in your basal body temperature
Can You Ovulate Without Having a Menstrual Period?
Yes, it is possible to ovulate without having a menstrual period.
How Do You Calculate When You’re About to Ovulate After the First Miscarriage?
Here are a couple of ways of tracking ovulation after miscarriage-
Mark Your Calendar
Start calculating ovulation after miscarriage by marking the first day when you start having your menstrual cycle on the calendar. This is the day when the bleeding stops. If you bleed in an irregular way, mark out those days and keep logging it on your calendar or diary.
Note Your Basal Body Temperature Every Day
Get a basal body temperature thermometer and keep track of your temperature every day, early in the morning before getting out of bed. If you’re about to ovulate, the higher temperature ratings may stay consistent day-after-day. However, this isn’t very accurate because if you had a fever or infection, it’ll interfere with your readings.
Check Your Cervical Mucus
Your cervical mucus is your body’s way of saying whether you’re ovulating or not. Usually, when women ovulate, it looks thick, clear, stretchy and resembles raw egg whites. If that’s the case, then it’s a sign of good news.
Test Your hCG Levels at the Clinic
Visit your doctor and ask for an hCG test. When your hCG readings are zero, your pregnancy hormones start building up for fertility. hCG actually blocks the production of your fertility hormones so if it’s not zero, your ovulation hasn’t yet begun.
When to Consult Your Doctor About Your Fertility?
You should consult your doctor about your fertility if:
- You’re younger than 35 and aren’t able to conceive within a year
- You’re older than 35 and can’t conceive in 6 months’ time
- Can’t conceive because of unexplainable reasons
- You notice heavy bleeding that runs for more than 2 hours after a miscarriage
- You catch a sudden fever after your first miscarriage
- You have gone through multiple miscarriages
If you’ve had another miscarriage or it’s your third one already, you should talk to the doctor and get more tests done to see if there are any underlying issues. Every woman is different but it is important to note that life doesn’t stop with just one miscarriage. You can conceive again and if you plan your steps right, you’ll hear the good news eventually. But until then, don’t give up and keep trying!