First, if you have recently experienced a miscarriage, we would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Whether or not to start charting right away after a miscarriage is a personal decision. You may decide that you need to take time out, or you may find it especially gratifying to be able to see your fertility return after a miscarriage.
You can chart immediately after a miscarriage, but check with your doctor to determine whether or not it is recommended to try to conceive right away.
For charting purposes, the first day of your new cycle can be the first day of your miscarriage (full bleeding) if no D&C is required. If a D&C is required, you can start a new chart for the day of the procedure. Enter "menses" to start a new cycle and make a note of the circumstances in the notes section of your chart. If you were charting the cycle of your miscarriage, you should enter "miscarriage" on that chart. You may also decide to exclude that cycle from your cycle statistics as it will show an unusually long luteal phase length.
Recording the Miscarriage
You can mark the chart as miscarriage by checking the "Miscarriage" checkbox (Specifics data section) on the day of your pregnancy test or the day after. This will also suppress the green line and any mention of pregnancy. If that is not what you wish you can also indicate the miscarriage in your note or in the chart label. The chart label is also a way to quickly identify this chart (the chart label is displayed as the graph title when set).
Testing Your HCG Level
If you have been instructed by your healthcare provider to test for decreasing level of HCG, please record these test result using a Custom Data field (See the HCG Test in the popular meds choices) to avoid labelling it as "Pregnancy Test".
Last but not least
Trying after a loss often adds another dimension to the trying to conceive experience. It is not unusual to be grieving your loss while still remaining hopeful and excited about trying again. You may feel anxious and concerned about the possibility of another loss. Your friends and family may be unaware of your loss, or they may not understand the depth of your grief. If you feel like you need support and understanding, the community forums on Fertility Friend may be especially helpful during this time.
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