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No need to wait after miscarriage

6th August 2010

A study by researchers in Scotland has found that women who have suffered a miscarriage do not need to leave a gap before trying to conceive again. 

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Researchers at Aberdeen University studied the records of 30,000 women and said that conception within six months of miscarriage gave women the optimal chance of a trouble-free pregnancy.

The research, which was published in the British Medical Journal, contradicts World Health Organisation advice that women should leave six months following a miscarriage before they try to conceive again.

The study examined data from 1981 to 2000 about women who had suffered a miscarriage and then gone on to conceive again.

The data showed that women who became pregnant within six months had less danger of another miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

Conception within six months was also found to lessen the danger of Caesarean or premature delivery compared to women who waited for longer.

Study leader Dr Sohinee Bhattacharya, a lecturer in obstetric epidemiology, said: "Women wanting to become pregnant soon after a miscarriage should not be discouraged. If you're already over 35, I would definitely advise to try again within six months as age is more of a risk than the interval between pregnancies."

 

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