Why Can’t we Have Another Baby?

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When a couple has a baby, the expectation of having a second one is typically high. However, there are times when a couple may struggle to become pregnant a second time. This is referred to as secondary infertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What Causes this Issue?

There are actually many things that could cause secondary infertility. Sometimes it is related to age. As we age, our bodies will change. For women, this means that they may no longer be producing healthy eggs that are ready to become fertilized. Other women may have gained weight or developed a medical condition that is keeping them from becoming pregnant.

In most instances, these issues can definitely be treated. For women with health concerns, you should start by seeing your doctor about proper treatment. If your fertility issue is related to your age, you may need to determine alternate fertility treatments to help you become pregnant.

Men can also suffer from issues after they have already had a child. Usually, this is caused when they are not producing sperm that is healthy and able to move around properly. Along with proper diet and exercise, keeping the testes cool and taking certain medications or supplements can often help with this situation.

Ovulation

In order to become pregnant, a woman must be ovulating. This is one of the most common issues that women face when they are trying to conceive a second time. In many instances, the changes to their body have made it difficult for them to ovulate regularly.

In order to determine if this is the problem you are having, you should begin tracking your ovulation cycle daily. To do this, you can use a basal thermometer or an ovulation predictor kit. With a basal thermometer, you will take your temperature daily. When your temperature spikes slightly, you will know that you are ovulating.

An ovulation predictor kit is very similar to a pregnancy test. You will take it first thing in the morning, and it will look for a certain hormone that is only present when you are ovulating. When this hormone is found, a couple of days before you begin ovulating, the test will test positive. You will then have the opportunity to begin having sexual intercourse during this time to help give you the best chance to conceive.

Struggling to have a second baby is actually pretty common. If you find that you are struggling to ovulate, you should talk to your doctor about treatment. Luckily, there are quite a few treatment options to help get you started ovulating again. For those who are ovulating, continue trying to conceive for a year before you speak with your doctor. However, if you are over 35, you should talk to your doctor after six months.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.