Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility is when couples have had at least one child, but are having difficulty getting pregnant again. Many cases of secondary infertility can be treated; with a little extra help baby number two may soon be joining your family


 

Maybe your first baby was a happy accident or maybe you planned the conception. Either way, after having one child, you naturally figured it would be easy to get pregnant again. But month after month has gone by, and you’re still not conceiving. What’s gone wrong?

It’s called secondary infertility:  where couples have had at least one child but now are having difficulty getting pregnant again. The treatment depends on the cause – and there are a number of possible causes:

  • Problems related to the previous pregnancy, such as scarring of the mother’s uterus, infections, etc.
  • Other health problems that one of the parents may have developed since the previous pregnancy (uterine fibroids, etc.).
  • Side effects of medications taken by the parents.
  • If you are still breastfeeding your first child, the hormones that cause milk production can also suppress ovulation; for some women this effect lasts even if the baby is now a toddler and only nursing a few times a day (or night).

 

One common cause is that the parents are now at least a year or two older than the first time they conceived, and fertility naturally decreases with age. Getting pregnant may have been relatively simple at age 34, for example, but by 37 or 38, when the parents feel ready for baby number two, it may be more difficult.

Often, though, there is no apparent reason for difficulties in conceiving. Fertility experts encourage couples to seek out a full assessment as soon as they are aware of potential problems. While often people are told to try for a year before talking to a doctor, the experts recommend only waiting six months in a case of secondary infertility.  

You can prepare for this visit to the doctor by getting an ovulation thermometer, taking your temperature each morning before you get out of bed for at least a month or two, and charting that information. Your temperature rises slightly after ovulation, so these charts will give you an indication of whether or not you are ovulating and where in your menstrual cycle this is happening.

Many cases of secondary infertility can be treated; with a little extra help baby number two may soon be joining your family.

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