Can A Miscarriage Cause Infertility?

Will a miscarriage impact my future fertility? Simply put, in most cases, it will not.

What is Infertility?

Infertility, which describes difficulty getting pregnant, is a common problem affecting about 25% of women of reproductive age. While a lack of good fertile conditions can contribute to infertility, it is not always the case. Research indicates that women with a strong family history of infertility may have difficulties getting pregnant. Even women who do not have a family history of infertility may have fertility issues that result from their lifestyle or their health. The first step in addressing infertility is to understand why it is occurring and find a doctor who can give you the appropriate treatment. For women, getting pregnant through infertility treatments may require medical interventions, such as surgery and medications.

Why is Infertility a concern?

Women with fertility issues often have a high risk of miscarriage, so that is not a reason to delay starting a family. Some issues, however, may delay starting a family. Some women with fertility problems may have ovarian issues or uterine problems that make it difficult for them to get pregnant. Women with ovarian issues may have trouble getting pregnant, ovulating, or sustaining pregnancy. They may experience pain during ovulation, feel full quickly during menstruation, have missed or slight cramps in their abdominal area during their period, and have irregular periods. Uterine problems can also be a concern, especially if your body has never been able to conceive.

How Does Miscarriage Impact Fertility?

Some miscarriages can be addressed without major surgical intervention, and in such cases, a woman may be able to conceive after two to four menstrual cycles.

What Are the Risks for Pregnancy? Losing too much blood during a miscarriage or experiencing an infection can also be concerning for both mother and baby.

How can I Prevent future Miscarriages?

You should see your doctor if you have been having frequent menstrual periods, have sudden changes in your periods or have many sexual partners. If you notice that you’re missing a period for a few months, you may have a problem with your ovaries and need medical attention to find out.

Fortunately, there is a large variety of options to consider when a miscarriage occurs. This wide range of options can be confusing to find and often make providers default to asking the very same question over and over. A review of available information, however, should help you make a decision that is right for you.