Many couples find that they have a hard time getting pregnant after having one or more children. This is a relatively unknown phenomenon and it is referred to as secondary infertility.
Most people think that if they are able to get pregnant and have one or more children that they are in the clear as far as fertility is concerned and that they have nothing to worry about. However, this is not always the case.
Secondary infertility is diagnosed much the same way that primary infertility is diagnosed. If a couple has been trying to have a baby (another baby in this case) for more than a year with no success, they are usually diagnosed as having some type of fertility problem. Secondary infertility is more common than most people realize.
It can be difficult to make sense of secondary infertility. There can be many possible causes of secondary infertility, just like there can be many causes of primary infertility. Sometimes, there has been some sort of impairment with a man’s sperm after the previous children were conceived.
Sperm production, delivery, or function problems can come about at any time in a man’s life and can lead to secondary infertility. Similarly, women might develop conditions like endometriosis, ovulation disorders, uterine complications or fallopian tube damage after a previous pregnancy that can cause trouble for further pregnancies.
Sometimes complications related to previous pregnancies can cause problems with getting pregnant on down the road. Also, keep in mind that risk factors, like medications, medical conditions, advancing age, and weight gains are all things that can cause problems with subsequent pregnancies.
If you think that you might be suffering from secondary infertility, one of the most important things that you can do is to talk to your doctor and see what he or she thinks. Your doctor will have access to your medical history and will be able to see if there is anything that looks suspicious that could be causing your fertility issues.
Be sure to mention anything that might have changed since your last pregnancy that could be contributing to your fertility problems, like medications or weight gains. Also make sure that you are doing anything that you can to help yourself get pregnant. Track your cycles so you will know if and when you are ovulating. Eat a healthy diet, and take a prenatal vitamin.
Make sure to get plenty of exercise and keep your weight in check. Make sure that you know your fertile days and that you are having sex on those days. If you have any questions or concerns about secondary infertility, make sure to talk to your doctor.