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Having only one child might not be what most parents desire. Although some people believe that having one child is the best-case scenario, others want bigger families or at least to have a sibling for their sole child. The problem is that not everyone can have another baby. Some women develop a condition known as secondary infertility which means that they cannot get pregnant for a second time.
What is secondary infertility?
Secondary infertility is having difficulties conceiving or getting pregnant after at least one previous successful pregnancy. It usually happens due to issues retaled to conception as ovulation, fertilization of the egg by the sperm, travel of the fertilized egg to the uterus, or the implantation of the egg in the uterus.
Failure to conceive might also be an issue with the partner, and not necessarily the woman.
Causes of secondary infertility
Secondary infertility could be caused due to any of the following factors:
Generally, most infertility cases are linked to ovulation issues including failure to consistently ovulate.
Fallopian tube and uterus problems
An example of these problems would be fallopian tubes blockage and damage, endometriosis, or an abnormality in the shape/formation of the uterus.
Age, weight, and certain medications
Since fertility gradually declines after the age of 30, age is an important factor to consider when talking about secondary infertility. Weight is also a factor to be considered as obesity affects fertility. The use of certain medications also has been linked to fertility issues.
Issues with a previous C-section
Scarring in the uterus after a C-section could be a possible factor in finding difficulties to conceive.
Infections in the reproductive organ can cause complications that might affect a woman’s fertility.
Problems with the man
Secondary infertility is not exclusively related to women. It could be an issue with men such as a problem in sperm production, function, or ejaculation.
Treatment of secondary infertility
Primary as well as secondary infertility treatment has many options. According to Healthline, the first step is to identify the reason through tests, and then find the suitable treatment option:
- Medications such as those prescribed for hormonal imbalances and infertility.
- Advanced reproductive technology such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF)
Knowing that you developed secondary infertility can be shocking and stressful. But eventually, there are treatment options, so never lose hope. If you feel that you need to talk to someone or that you’re not able to handle it, we advise you to seek professional help.