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Health risks of having sex too soon after miscarriage:
One of the main health risks associated with having sex after a miscarriage is due to the fact that the cervix dilates as a result of the physical process of miscarriage. This can lead to developing infections a lot easier in your uterus, making it best to avoid having sex until the bleeding has stopped.
How long to wait for sex after a miscarriage?
While the cervix is still dilated, it is unsafe for you to have sex. This process usually takes roughly two weeks or more for the uterus to return to its normal size. Until then, the risk of developing an infection makes it unhealthy to have sex or even use a tampon.
To help the uterus return to its normal size faster and develop a speedy recovery, it is advised to massage the uterus.
A miscarriage is usually defined as a loss of pregnancy before week 20. However, a very early miscarriage can heal on its own a lot faster and can feel a lot like a late period.
On the other hand, a miscarriage after week 20 might be a lot more severe and could require more healing time and sometimes even require surgical intervention. This could require a longer wait period before having sex.
It is also important to remember while your body might be ready to have sex, it is very normal for physical intimacy to be the last thing on your mind. Just because you’re physically ready, it doesn’t mean you have to be emotionally ready. Listen to your body and your emotions to determine whether you’re ready to have sexual intercourse or not.
Will having sex after a miscarriage be painful?
It is normal for you to feel abdominal cramps that resemble period pain after a miscarriage. But as the uterus starts to heal, the cramping and pain should start to subside.
When having sex after a miscarriage, there is the possibility of feeling cramps during or after sex. If you’ve developed an infection, this pain will also be accompanied by fever, chills, and unpleasant smelling vaginal discharge.
Further reading: After Miscarriage: 5 Women Share Their Stories