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Sex After Miscarriage - When Is it Okay?

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Updated June 02, 2014

Question: Sex After Miscarriage - When Is it Okay?

After a miscarriage, doctors often advise waiting a short period of time before having sex again. When is it okay to resume sexual activity after a pregnancy loss?

Answer:

In most cases, it is safe to resume having sex after a miscarriage when the miscarriage bleeding has stopped (this usually happens within two weeks).

The reason for the wait is that your cervix usually dilates as a part of the physical process of miscarriage, and this can mean increased susceptibility to infection in the uterus. By the time the bleeding stops, the cervix should be closed again.

In addition to avoiding sexual intercourse immediately after a miscarriage, doctors generally advise avoiding tampons and douche (in short, don't insert anything into the vagina) for at least one to two weeks for the same reason.

Be aware, however, that unless you want to get pregnant again right away, you should use some form of contraception when resuming sexual intercourse. It is possible to get pregnant again as soon as two weeks after a miscarriage, so be sure to take precautions if you have been advised to wait before getting pregnant again or if you aren't feeling emotionally ready yet.

Source:

A.C.O.G., "Early Pregnancy Loss: Miscarriage and Molar Pregnancy." ACOG Education Pamphlet AP090 May 2002. Accessed 31 Jan 2008.

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