Secondary Infertility: Problems Getting Pregnant Again

Secondary Infertility: Problems Getting Pregnant Again

What is secondary infertility?

As opposed to primary infertility, which denotes the inability to conceive altogether, secondary infertility conveys that couples who had already experienced parenthood before are not able to conceive anymore, after at least one year of trying to become parents again. Couples tend to overlook this medical condition and not take it for what it really is. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Logically, having conceived at least once thwarts the infertility theory; unfortunately, as time goes by, a variety of factors affect their natural capacities of becoming proud parents again. Sadly, secondary infertility is quite common amongst couples and it could be due to fertility problems arising from the woman, the man or even both combined.

Age is big factor in secondary infertility

Though it is very tough on couples to admit to their body changes over the years, engaging their original fertility status too, a closer attention to any medical disorders which might have triggered their current infertility may actually prove very helpful. Fertility tests should be embraced because they offer plausible explanations to why the unfortunate situation has come upon them.

Pinpointing the problem, medical or age-related, is essential to understanding that, although fertile before, time is not doing us any favors and eventually the changes our bodies have undergone are reflected in the impossibility to conceive again. The reality is simply that getting pregnant after 35 or 40 is more difficult, as there are other issues at play like poor egg quality, higher risk of miscarriages, hormonal imbalances and more.

Don’t let guilt get to you

For the couple, hard times could ensue from this frustration and uncalled for innuendoes might prove harmful to the couple. Certainly passing the guilt from one another is not going to do any good. Guilt also manifests itself, as women feel the same sense of loss & failure at their inability to conceive, despite having 1, 2 or even 3 healthy children already. This may make them feel guilty to all the other women who suffer primary infertility, and have yet to experience the joys of pregnancy, the miracle of birth, and the wonder of parenthood.

Other causes of secondary infertility

Unlike primary infertility, where there is no viable proof to contradict the existence of infertility in the first place, in the case of secondary infertility one or multiple proofs do exist. But time is not cutting us any slack. Learning to accept this harsh fact is a step-by-step process and eventually it will help the couples come to terms with their own lives.

Related to female infertility, the inability of getting pregnant again or not carrying a pregnancy to term could derive from the onset of endometriosis, a disease affecting the inner lining of the uterus, uterine fibroids, ovarian and fallopian tube disorders, or other risk factors such as stress, gaining weight, improper exercise and smoking. Male infertility can be caused by sperm motility, count and function.

Find the cause, seek out the treatment

For both partners, the tribulation caused by the inability to conceive another brother or sister has taken its toll. Engaging in discussing this unreasonable issue with couples who have already gone through it could provide much needed support and empathy. Pursuing treatment in order to regain your fertility status could prove worthwhile and this is similar to the treatment applied in primary infertility.

If the medical disorders impinging on your fertility clear out, your chances of getting pregnant again improve too. With the proper treatment, a much expected second or third pregnancy could be in store for you. Therefore, if you plan on becoming a parent once more, do not stop trying because you never know when your prayers might be answered.

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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.