Secondary Infertility: Possible Causes and Treatment

Secondary Infertility: Possible Causes and Treatment

What Is Secondary Infertility

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 their fertility is fine and there is nothing to worry about. However, this is not always the case. Secondary infertility is diagnosed much the same way that primary infertility is diagnosed. After trying for around a year or so (six months if a woman is over 35), with no success on getting pregnant, a couple is usually diagnosed with a fertility problem of some sort. If the couple already has children previously, they are most likely going to be diagnosed with secondary infertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Causes Of Secondary Infertility

It can be difficult to make sense of secondary infertility. If you think about it, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense that a couple could easily have one or two or even more children, and then just not be able to have anymore. 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.

Combating Secondary Infertility

Couples that think that they could potentially be dealing with secondary infertility should make a stop at their doctor’s office to discuss their concerns. The doctor will be able to access a patient’s medical history to take a look and see if there are any underlying issues that could cause secondary infertility. Mainly, a doctor will be looking for medical conditions or things that have changed since a woman’s last pregnancy. If there are other things that could have made a change, such as medications or illnesses, or lifestyle changes, a woman should tell her doctor.

Help With Secondary Infertility

There are sometimes a few things that a couple can do when they are suffering from secondary infertility that can help to improve their chances of conceiving. For example, finding out if and when they are ovulating is a good step to take for women who are trying to conceive. That way, couples can at least plan to have sex during their fertile times for the best chances of getting pregnant. Taking a prenatal vitamin can also help to make sure a woman is getting the best vitamins and nutrients to help improve her chances of getting pregnant. Making sure to reduce stress, get enough sleep and plenty of exercises is also important when it comes to helping to reduce the likelihood of secondary infertility.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.