Secondary infertility occurs when couples have trouble conceiving the second time around.
Secondary infertility has many of the same causes as primary infertility.
Here are some common causes of secondary infertility.
- Ill-Timed Intercourse: Couples with one or more children may have hit the fertility jackpot on the very first try with no fertility help. Yet, going back to conceive number two may seem to take forever. Children can disrupt a couple’s ability to have well-timed, stress free intercourse.
- Irregular Cycles: A normal cycle lasts anywhere from 26-35 days. If a woman has an irregular cycle, it can be difficult to pinpoint ovulation. If a woman is experiencing irregular cycles, a doctor may be able to help regulate a cycle using hormone intervention such as estrogen or progesterone.
- Age: As women age, egg reserves decline rapidly. By the age of 35, the success for pregnancy at the one year mark falls significantly. By the age of 35, fertility takes a drastic plunge.
- Male Factor: men who have fathered children can have male fertility issues. A simple semen analysis can determine the moyility and morphology of sperm.
- Other Factors: There are a variety of other factors that can impair a woman’s fertility the second or more times around. A C-section may cause scar tissue that makes it harder for eggs to implant in the uterine lining. Another common issue is endometriosis. Undiagnosed Polysistic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can keep a woman from ovulating.
The chances of overcoming secondary fertility are very high for the average couple. With a little knowledge, couples have a great chance of conceiving more than one child.
– track your ovulation
– consider lifestyle changes to get to a healthy weight
– drink less
– give up smoking