Secondary infertility is when a couple has had at least one child, is trying to get pregnant again, but doesn’t conceive after at least one year of trying.
Secondary infertility can be confusing and mind-boggling. You had no trouble getting pregnant last time. So, why isn’t it happening now?
Secondary infertility is a topic that isn’t discussed as often as it should be, yet it’s incredibly common. In fact, it was estimated in a recent study that over 3 million couples in the United States alone are faced with secondary infertility.
The main causes of secondary infertility vary from lifestyle factors, male fertility problems such as sperm production or delivery, endometriosis or various complications related to the previous pregnancy. The most common cause of infertility, however, is age. Usually by the time women are ready to start trying for their second or third child, a few years have passed and they’re slightly older than when they originally started trying to conceive.
For many women, it can be just as challenging as struggling to conceive for the first time but it’s a subject that isn’t as openly discussed and for some women, they may feel as though they’re being criticized for wanting another child when they should “just be happy with the one you have”. The pressure from family members may add stress to the situation too, with relatives asking when you’re planning on having another baby.
Please don’t put off seeking the advice of an REI Doctor. Some causes of infertility worsen over time. Delaying help may reduce your odds of pregnancy success.