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Recurrent Miscarriages: Can You Get Pregnant Again?

on Aug 02, 2012

by Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Recurrent Miscarriages: Can You Get Pregnant Again?

Recurrent miscarriages are when a woman has lost 3 or more pregnancies before 20 weeks gestation. When this happens, a woman's chances to conceive are are severely diminished.

If you have suffered a miscarriage, you may wonder what is wrong with you and how will this affect your fertility. It is estimated that about 12% to 15% of pregnancies are lost by women during the first 12 weeks of being pregnant – this is called a first trimester loss. However, the number of unrecognized pregnancies being lost is much higher – about 50% of pregnancies are lost by women before their first missed menstrual period. These are conceptions that fail to become viable and may be the reason behind the ‘false-positive‘ you think may be a faulty pregnancy test. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is a recurrent miscarriage?

Some women are dealing with recurrent miscarriages which threaten to affect their fertility. This means that the woman has lost 3 or more pregnancies before 20 weeks from her last menstrual period. Only clinically recognized pregnancies count. In the case where cardiac activity was present in the baby, doctors will initiate the plan for helping the woman deal with the recurrent miscarriages after 2 lost pregnancies.

How recurrent miscarriage lowers your ability to give birth

Recurrent miscarriages affect a woman’s fertility significantly. After one lost pregnancy, the chances of achieving a viable birth decrease down to 76%. Two lost pregnancies result in just a 70% chance of having a live birth. Another lost pregnancy will decrease your chances of giving birth to a healthy baby by another 5%; after 3 miscarriages, you have only a 65% chance of having a viable birth, while after 4 miscarriages, you have only a 60% chance for this to happen.

Why do recurrent miscarriages happen?

Some of the most common causes why recurrent miscarriages happen are: infections, endocrine or thyroid disorders, hyperprolactinemia, genetic abnormalities, congenital anatomic abnormalities, diabetes mellitus or immunologic issues. If you are correctly diagnosed and the cause of your miscarriages is identified and treated, you have about a 70% to 90% chance to carry a baby full-term and give birth to a healthy baby.

Genetic abnormalities are harder to deal with, so the results vary substantially. Live births have about a 20% to 80% chance to occur in these circumstances. Even if a diagnosis cannot be made (the cause of recurrent miscarriages remains unknown), you still have a 40% to 90% chance of a live birth if you engage in providing early general supportive care to your unborn baby.

When can I try again after a miscarriage?

If you have suffered a miscarriage, most doctors will advise the importance of avoiding getting pregnant during the next 2 cycles. This helps in preventing a possible conception from being exposed to endometrial lining that is not always capable to sustain a pregnancy. However, for older women where time is of the essence, some doctors may allow this guideline a bit of flexibility, so always check with your healthcare practitioner first.

The bottom line

While recurrent miscarriages do affect a woman’s fertility, with the right care, she still has plenty of chances of carrying her pregnancy to term and delivering a healthy baby.

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Recurrent Miscarriages: Can You Get Pregnant Again? , 4.6 out of 5 based on 12 ratings

Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • romabritt

    I am a Kidney Transplant patient. I was pregnant last year but miscarried. My husband and I would love to conceive but have not been successful.

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  • madison_burkett

    Sorry to hear of your miscarriage. Never give up hope..

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

     I am sorry to hear about your loss. Recurrent miscarriages, unfortunately, decreases a woman’s chance of a viable birth, however, it is far from impossible. In your situation, I strongly suggest that you maintain a close relationship with your doctor or healthcare provider, who will guide and oversee your journey towards pregnancy and birth. With the right care on your side, you’ll be assured of a much bigger chance of carrying pregnancy to term and delivering a healthy baby.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. If a woman’s body isn’t ready to support a pregnancy by the time that she conceives again, she faces an increased risk of experiencing a repeat miscarriage. It takes time for the uterus to recover and for the endometrial lining to become strong and healthy again. I recommend seeing your fertility specialist. You will have to go through a thorough physical examination. This is very important in order to establish if the uterus or the cervix suffered any damages due to the miscarriage, and if those lesions lessen your chances to get pregnant.

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  • giantbgbe

    i had two miscarriages between 2 years and now the recent one occurred 2 weeks ago and now i have been unprotected sex for the past 3 days, can i be pregnant, cos i did a pregnancy test and it is reading positive and i feel as if i am pregnant.

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  • lbchealth

    After having a miscarriage, it takes time for hcg to disappear. It normally takes about 19 days but for some it takes longer. That is why you are still having a positive result in your hpt. You may even continue to feel pregnancy symptoms, even if it’s 100% certain that you have miscarried. If you are still getting a positive pregnancy test after a couple of weeks, you should call your doctor to have you hcg monitored thru blood tests.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    After having a miscarriage, it takes time for hcg to disappear. It
    normally takes about 19 days but for some it takes longer. That is why
    you are still having a positive result in your hpt. You may even
    continue to feel pregnancy symptoms, even if it’s 100% certain that you
    have miscarried. If you are still getting a positive pregnancy test
    after a couple of weeks, you should call your doctor to have you hcg
    monitored thru blood tests.

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  • Jessica

    I  am 24 and having been ttc for 4 years off and on. My cylce is 28-30 days usually ovulation between day 18-21.  I was tested around ovulation day and my progesterone was 11.8. They said I definitly ovulated. My question is would clomid help to fix my short luteal phase?

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  • chrissy

    i had got lost a baby in may was due 11/19/2012 lost baby in may 2012 mother’s day had a d & c i am now pg again due 11/20/2013 i know i have lost this baby as well i have 3 boys 24 months apart 6.4.2 i put the mirena in for 3 months can you please tell me if it’s me this is not the father of my other children ?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Clomid is often effective in treating luteal phase problems. In this case, a woman may ovulate but then have inadequate production of the hormone progesterone in the post-ovulatory or luteal phase of the cycle. Following ovulation, the ovary produces progesterone – the hormone needed to prepare the uterine lining for implantation of a fertilized egg. A fall in blood progesterone levels during this critical time can prevent implantation or cause a woman to menstruate too early, thus ending a pregnancy within a few days after implantation has occurred. Clomiphene stimulates the ovary to produce higher progesterone levels in the luteal phase of the cycle.

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  • kappreccia

    Hi I have a 2 yr. old and i carried him full-term now me and my boyfriend are trying to have another baby but I had a miscarriage the first pregancy now im having another what are they chances of me having another baby will i ever be able to carry a baby full term? Is there something wrong with me? and Just so you can know my bf now isnt my son real father can that may be the reason my body isnt responing well so his sperm i just need some answers and what steps should i take to trying for another one??

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Miscarraiges are commonly caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the developing baby, and these do not affect your chances of getting pregnant again. You should try to take supplements which are rich in B6, B12 and folic acid (folate) to prevent miscarriages in your succeeding pregnancies. As long as you don’t experience underlying infertility, getting pregnant can be easy for you. It is best that you increase your sexual intercourse during your fertile window to improve your likelihood of conception, and take fertility medications to boost your fertility.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Since you have been experiencing recurrent miscarraiges, there is a good chance that you might be experiencieng PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS is common to most women, and can easily be treated by taking fertility supplements that induce ovulation such as Clomid and Vitex. I do suggest that you immediately consult your doctor in order for you to determine if you have been infertility problems such as PCOS.

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  • Mia

    Hi, im 41, have no kids, had two miscarriages between two years and yesterday was diagnosed with blighted ovum ( 7 weeks), i’m completely devastated and waiting for natural miscarry. had low hormone levels and found out like a month ago that my thyroid gland is to big, do i still have chances to carry full term, really wanna be a mother. Thanks :(

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Getting pregnant can be quite difficult for you, knowing that you have a blighted ovum and your have low hormonal levels. However, there is still a chance for you to get pregnant as long as you keep on trying to conceive and it is important that you don’t lose hope. I do suggest that you keep a healthy weight, avoid stress and promote a healthy lifestyle to somehow boost your chances of conception.

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  • ana

    I have 3 live children 12, 13, and 7 yrs old. I had Mireana birthcontol for 5 years and had it removed in March of 2013. In April 2013 I had a positive home preg test and by May 12 I had miscarried and my HCG was down to 2. In June of 2013 I had another positive home pregnancy test and this preg lasted until 8/22/2013. I had a good ultra sound and heard a strong heart beat. On 8/22 I had bleeding, cramping, and back pain. I went into labor and had to have an emergency D&C. This was 2 days ago. The doctor said the placenta was good and my uterus was good. But the baby just Stopped growing. The fetal tissues is being tested, He tested me for a lupus antigen. I went to my reg Dr. yesterday and had lots of blood tests ran and Xrays. I get the results back in two weeks, which seems like forever. So I am wondering why I could have 3 healthy children and be unable to sustain a pregnancy now. I am so devistated. Should we try again? Oh and all children have the same father, if that makes a difference. Please help.

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  • tatiz

    Im 21 i had my first miscarriage a couple of days from my 20th birthday. I was going on my second trimester. I heard my baby heart beat and was told everything was fine than 4 to 5 days later i was having a miscariage. It was so painful and hard i was in so much pain. I was sad and scared also confused. Than about 4 months later i was pregnant and there was no heart beat. My heart just broke apart and didnt know what to think once again i wasnt told anything. Than 3 to 4 months later im pregnant again and same thing i found out i went to my appointment than had a sono and no heart bet. I been on birth control for about 4 months i really want to have a baby and i dont know whats the problem. But i have notice that from my 3 miscarriage after i had sex ( with the same guy) my fiancee i would slightly bleed and than afterwards i was in the emergancy room. The first one i was further along than the other 2. I was dignoist with anemia but ive had it from birth but i havent had it under control since my miscarriages. Im going crazy and sad i dont know if ill will be able to have kids! What can i do to help me have a live baby??!!

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  • Charlie Spencer

    With my first son, I had gone to my 8 month checkup and he said there was a strong heart beat, my measurements were good, and everything was going to plan. Two weeks later I gave birth to my still born son. I was never given a reason why, just that his heart stopped beating. Four years later I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. Two years after that I got pregnant. At 3 months I noticed some light spotting so I went to the ER. There was no heart beat and I was told that it looked like my baby had died at 8 weeks but my body was acting like I was still pregnant. They had to do a DNC. Six months later I was pregnant again. Within a week of finding out I lost my baby at home. Five years later I was pregnant again. In May of 2012 I had my healthy son. He is now 19 months old and I find myself pregnant again. I’m not sure I can handle losing another baby. What are my odds of having another healthy baby? I am turning 31 in a couple of months if that helps.

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  • Tmonica

    On December 2. 2013 I lost my baby I was 20 weeks pregnant my water broke cause of urine effecion give birth naturally i thought i was going to bleed the 40 days that doctor said but it was only 2 weeks only I berly got my period January 10. 2014 and done on January 13. 2014 natural period can I already get pregnant soon?

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  • backwoodsbeauty4x4

    I’m 25yr old and have been pregnant 5x and I only have 1living child who’s 7. I’ve had 4miscarriages and just last year my dr did a round of testing to find out that I have abnormal chromosomes & that is whats causing the misscarriages. I believe he said too many x chromosomes. I was wondering if there’s any chance of me every carrying a pregnancy to full term again, And how? He said there’s a chance but does not know how… any information would be so helpful.

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  • Jessica James-Stoken

    Hi my name is Jessica in august of 2011 I gave birth to my beautiful son connor healthy and happy after that I went on to have 3 recurrent miscarriages and im 23 my husband and I are at a loss on what to do you is it even possible for us to have anymore my husband also has anti s and information would be greatly appreciated

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  • Lavina Bahm

    Hello , I am 40 years old . I had a 19 week miscarriage on Feb 14 , 2013. This was due to an incompetent cervix . My cervix was damaged during a DNC in 2008 . My husband an I want to try again but are very afraid of the same thing from happening a gain . Please help

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