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.

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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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Find out about the psychological impact of miscarriage on the next page…