What Happens to Menstruation After Miscarriage?

When a woman has a miscarriage, she may deal with emotional turmoil in addition to physical pain.
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A woman's menstrual cycles usually return to normal a short time after miscarriage. In general, a woman can expect to begin menstruating within four to six weeks of having a miscarriage. This is not the case for all women, however, and some women begin menstruating much sooner. For example, some women may have a period as soon as two weeks after having a miscarriage. The first menstruation after miscarriage is usually a normal period, though some women notice this first period is a bit lighter or heavier than usual.

The bleeding a woman experiences during a miscarriage is not a period. Instead, a woman bleeds because her body is emptying the contents of her uterus and shedding the lining that was to nourish the developing infant. This bleeding may be heavy for a time and then taper off to spotting. Some women experience heavy bleeding again after the initial miscarriage bleeding has stopped entirely. In some cases, this may mean that some tissue has been left behind in the woman’s uterus. To rule this out, a woman who experiences this should usually contact a doctor for advice.

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Some doctors recommend that a woman consider the number of days since her miscarriage in determining whether she is resuming menstruation after miscarriage or possibly experiencing a miscarriage complication. In general, bright red vaginal bleeding that occurs after miscarriage bleeding seems to end — but sooner than 20 days after a miscarriage — may be cause for concern. Bleeding that occurs at least 20 days after a miscarriage may be a woman’s first menstruation after miscarriage. To be sure the body is returning to normal and make sure undetected pregnancy tissues have not been left behind in the uterus, a woman may do well to seek a follow-up visit with her doctor within a few weeks of having a miscarriage.

When a woman has a miscarriage, she may deal with emotional turmoil in addition to the changes her body goes through as the result of a pregnancy loss. The emotional distress typical of miscarriage may be present without regard to whether a pregnancy was planned or not. If a pregnancy was not planned and a woman is not ready to have children, she may eagerly await her first period as a sign that her body is getting back to normal. If a woman is hoping to conceive a child, however, she may look forward to resuming menstruation, as it represents the chance for her to try to conceive again. Unfortunately, a woman cannot be sure how quickly she will return to normal menstruation after miscarriage, and some women’s bodies take longer than others.

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anon944522
Post 4

Mine returned exactly four weeks after it happened and it seemed as normal as my other periods were, although I heard it can be heavier. I was eight weeks along when it happened and it seems my body has healed fairly quickly.

The idea of trying to conceive again makes me nervous, I want to be sure my body is all back to normal so the next pregnancy will last. Although I'm sure it was nothing my body did wrong as it's very common in early pregnancy for miscarriage to happen. Hopefully all will be well further on!

SarahGen
Post 3

@ysmina-- Menstruation after a miscarriage occurs at a different time for everyone. Some people get their menstrual cycle later than others. It took three months for me to get my period after I had a miscarriage. And the bleeding was very heavy with lots of cramps and pain. It was awful but I was still happy to know that things are back to normal.

Try not to stress out about it, you will get your period eventually. I think our body needs some time to recover after a miscarriage, so it's not necessarily bad that you're not getting your period right away.

donasmrs
Post 2

@ysmina-- I had a period exactly thirty days after I miscarried. It was difficult to know that it was a period though because it was very light. There was spotting and a few blood clots for five days. I thought that it was a miscarriage complication buy my gynecologist said that it's my period returning.

ysmina
Post 1

I had a miscarriage six weeks ago. I haven't had any bleeding since the miscarriage and I have no spotting either. I want to try for another baby so I'm waiting to have a period again.

Has anyone here had a miscarriage before? When did you get your period and what was it like?

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