What is Secondary Infertility?


Getting answers and finding hope in the face of secondary infertility

Getting answers and finding hope in the face of secondary infertilityIf you have already given birth to a baby but are having trouble conceiving or carrying a baby to term afterward, you may be dealing with secondary infertility.

It’s common to feel strong emotions with this diagnosis. Because you already have a child, you may find it hard to share what you’re going through for fear of being judged by others, especially those dealing with primary infertility. However, it’s important to communicate with your partner and to be open with your close friends and loved ones. The support you receive will help you cope with negative emotions. Our Southern California fertility specialist can also help support you on your quest to expand your family.

Exploring the causes of secondary infertility

Sometimes, it’s hard to pinpoint the cause of secondary infertility. There could be an underlying health condition or a specific cause. Our Southern California fertility specialist reviews the health history of both partners and checks for the following conditions.

  • Complications from a prior pregnancy
  • Scar tissue from previous surgeries or a C-section
  • Endometriosis
  • A history of recurrent miscarriage
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Fallopian tube damage
  • Pelvic adhesions or uterine fibroids
  • A low sperm count in men or motility issues

Changes in reproductive health could also be caused by one or both partners’ age, weight gain or stress level. Age is a factor because fertility naturally declines over time, meaning women have fewer viable eggs as they get older, and sperm also changes in men. Additionally, carrying excess weight or being stressed can cause changes in hormones and your overall health. As a result, it’s best to maintain a healthy weight and manage your stress levels.

Treatment options to overcome this condition

Treatment for this condition depends on the cause. For example, if it’s due to a change in hormone levels, you may need fertility medication. Or, if you have scar tissue blocking your fallopian tubes, you may need laparoscopic surgery. You also have options like in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) to help your family grow.

Being diagnosed with secondary infertility doesn’t mean you’ll never have another child. Contact us for an appointment with our Southern California fertility specialist for the expertise and care you deserve.

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