Many women who suffer a miscarriage want to get their ovulation restarted ASAP so they can try to get pregnant again. Most don’t know how their menstrual cycle and ovulation regularity have been affected by a pregnancy loss. Miscarriage resets your menstrual cycle.
Miscarriage & Ovulation
When you are trying to get pregnant after a miscarriage, you must be able to identify the signs of ovulation. This will help in your future pregnancy planning.
- Do you need time and support to recover from your miscarriage?
- Do you want to get pregnant again ASAP?
- When is it safe to conceive after a pregnancy loss?
- When are you most fertile after a miscarriage?
- Do you have a chance of experiencing another miscarriage?
The restarting of ovulation after a miscarriage varies from woman to woman. Most women will have their first period four to five weeks after a pregnancy loss. Others may go months before their menstrual cycle returns to the regularity it was prior to pregnancy/miscarriage.
- Bleeding is expected after a miscarriage – the first day of a new menstrual cycle
- Spotting may be experienced along with bleeding for about a week thereafter
- Ovulation typically occurs around two weeks into the new menstrual cycle
- An egg is released around Day 14 of a woman who is experiencing a regular period
- Women are most fertile three to five days before they ovulate and one to two days after their egg is released
Signs of Ovulation
There are easy signs to let you know that your body is ovulating.
- Thick, sticky, wet vaginal discharge – more than usual
- Breast tenderness
- Your basal body temperature rises
- A surge in your level of luteinizing hormone (LH)
Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Tracking
This is simply done by purchasing a thermometer from your local pharmacy or online. When a woman is ovulating, her temperature reading will by higher – 0.5 to 1.0 degrees Fahrenheit. Your BBT will return to normal one to two days before your next period starts.
- Make sure you purchase a BBT thermometer that is easy to read for accuracy
- Take and record you temperature daily
- Get a reading at the same time every morning – before getting out of bed
- Some Smartphone apps help to record BBT and track fertility cycles
- BBT thermometers now come with a simple app to download
Tracking and recording your BBT over multiple cycles will help you to predict when you are ovulating.
LH Level Testing
Levels of LH can be tested for in your urine with an ovulation predictor kit purchased in your local drug store or online. LH levels rise 36 hours before ovulation is triggered. A surge in your LH level causes ovaries to release an egg.
Ovulation Predictor Kit
- Test sticks to urinate on
- A sterile container to place the stick
- A change in the stick’s color and appearance of a positive symbol indicates ovulation
- Testing should continue for several days to make sure a LH surge is detected
Compassionate Infertility Doctor
Dr. Laurence Jacobs has been compassionately dedicated to helping women maintain a successfully pregnancy and birth post-miscarriage. The Infertility Doctor has served the Chicagoland area for over 40 years – being consistently named as a Top Doctor over the past decade. To schedule your initial consultation with The Infertility Doctor – click the icon below – or – call 888.325.7389.