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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the chances of conception after a miscarriage?

    I suffered a miscarriage 8 weeks ago. What can i start trying again? Does this mean my chances of falling pregnant again are reduced because i miscarried?
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    Dr Karin Hammarberg

    Registered Nurse

    Karin is a Research Fellow at the Jean Hailes Research Unit at Monash University and Senior Research Officer at the Victorian Assisted Reproduction Treatment Authority.Karin … View Profile

    About 15% of pregnancies miscarry before 20 weeks and most miscarriages occur because there is something wrong with the fetus. Whenever you feel ready you can start trying again and unless there were some complications with infection when you miscarried your chance of falling pregnant is not reduced.

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    Dr Gary Sykes

    Obstetrician

    Dr Gary Sykes is a graduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B, B.S.) from Sydney University. He commenced his initial postgraduate training at … View Profile

    I like to see my patients after a miscarriage to make sure they are well and to discuss the likely cause. If they have had a curette I always send tissue for karyotype (chromosome)  studies. If abnormal this helps with closure and planning for next time.

    I advise my patients to wait until they have had at least 1 period and then try again after that. I suggest they do not get pregnant before the first period. It usually doesn’t take very long to conceive.

    They are very nervous, as you will be, as they are concerned it may happen again and so need lots of TLC and to be seen very early in the next pregnancy. I talk to them about monitoring (serial quantitative HCG and progesterone assays and ultrasound scans). Active measures can be taken as relevant. This may include use of vaginal progesterone pessaries.

    Check out my website for more information. http://www.obstetricexcellence.com.au/questions-and-answers/miscarriage

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