How soon after a miscarriage can I have intercourse again?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Loss of an early pregnancy is a common and often difficult experience. About 10% of recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. The actual rate is higher because many losses happen before a woman is aware she is pregnant. Miscarriage is more common in older women, smokers, following trauma, and in women with a history of prior miscarriage. However, most occur in women with no known risk factors. There are no treatments to prevent miscarriage.

After a miscarriage, you should not have intercourse, use tampons, or place anything in the vagina for two weeks. The cervix may have opened to pass the uterine contents. It will need this time to close in order to prevent pelvic infection.

Continue Learning about Miscarriage


Roughly 15% of all recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur early into the pregnancy and are triggered by chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo. If you have had multiple miscarriages, blood-clotting iss...

ues, hormone imbalances, and immune responses could be factors in the terminations of embryos. Age also plays a large role. As you age, the risk factor of early miscarriage goes up as well.

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