Causes of Infertility the Second Time Around

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1. Secondary Infertility

Infertility is never an easy thing to deal with. Not being able to have a baby when you desperately want to conceive is hard, but when you already have a baby, dealing with infertility the second time around can seem even tougher. When a couple suffers from infertility after already having had a healthy pregnancy or pregnancies in the past, that is referred to as secondary infertility.

when-you-already-have-a-baby-dealing-with-infertility-the-second-time-around-can-be-even-tougherSecondary infertility is way more common than most people realize, and doctors say that on an emotional level, secondary infertility can be even more damaging than primary infertility.

2. Why Secondary Infertility Is So Hard

Secondary infertility can be so hard to deal with for many reasons. First of all, couples who suffer from primary infertility have trouble getting pregnant from the get go. They have never been through the ups and downs of pregnancy, never experienced bringing a baby into the world, and never experienced all the feelings and emotions associated with that part of life.

primary-infertility-have-trouble-getting-pregnant-and-secondary-infertility-can-be-so-hard-to-deal-with-for-many-reasons-as-wellThey “don’t know what they are missing”, so to speak. However, couples who suffer from secondary infertility have already been through the process of having a baby before, and they might not be emotionally prepared to find out they can not have subsequent children. The news that they are having fertility issues can really hit them harder than it does couples with primary infertility, who had some idea of what to expect all along.

3. What Causes Secondary Infertility?

Doctors say they are not really sure what the cause of secondary infertility is, but they believe there are a plethora of factors that could be at play here. First of all, doctors insist that the majority of couples who suffer from secondary infertility already had some sort of fertility problem in the first place, and it just possibly went undetected, or the couple was able to overcome the issue to have a baby the first time around.

If-you-think-that-you-might-be-suffering-from-secondary-infertility-make-sure-to-talk-with-your-doctor-to-see-what-treatment-option-are-right-for-youHowever, after a woman gives birth, sometimes those same fertility issues can seep back in and cause problems in subsequent pregnancies. Also, sometimes a couple might have other health conditions that can affect fertility, and these conditions might become worse over time and become more of an issue. Finally, sometimes a woman’s age will cause secondary infertility, if she was younger the first time around, and now is a bit older.

This can cause her eggs to have had time to deteriorate and her chances of conceiving to get lower. There are many things that can cause secondary infertility. If you think that you might be suffering from secondary infertility, make sure to talk with your doctor to see what treatment option are right for you.

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Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.