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Conceiving after blighted ovum

11 January, 2008

Question:

B"H. Shalom.
I had a "Blighted Ovum", and then a D&C. The Doctor says after a D&C i need to wait two months before i'll have a first normal period, and then wait for another second period to pass before trying to get pregnant again…halachically…do i need to wait so long??


Answer:

We are sorry to hear of your loss.

It may take up to four to six weeks after your D&C before you get your next period. Some doctors recommend waiting one to two cycles before trying to get pregnant. We suggest you follow your doctor's advice since he is most familiar with your specific circumstances. You can also check with him again to find out if he feels that the additional cycle is absolutely necessary in your case. Taking care of your health is an important halachic consideration, so if he feels that you do need to wait, it is halachically permissible to do so.

You should also consult with your doctor and Rabbi regarding which form of birth control would be the best in your situation, where you only need protection for a relatively short period of time.  Spermicide on its own is often recommended in these cases.  

Refuah Shlaimah!


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