Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive after previously conceiving one or more children and is very common, accounting for approximately 60% of all infertility. The reason for infertility is often the same as for those who have never conceived, which is called primary infertility.
Most women assume that because they’ve gotten pregnant, especially if they brought one or more pregnancies to term, that they will have no fertility problems, even if they initially had problems trying to conceive a baby. They experience much heartache when they discover that they’re unable to conceive again.
This creates a kind of turmoil many times in women – They have a child or children already that they adore, but they hurt for the child they still long to conceive and bring forth.
If you are experiencing secondary infertility yourself, all the infertility recommendations apply to you as well. If you haven’t conceived within 6 months to a year, especially if you are 35 years old or older, see your gynecologist or midwife to have some tests run to find out the possible cause of your infertility.
If you’re having very painful periods and/or pain with intercourse, this suggests that you may have endometriosis or another reproductive issue. You could have a vaginal infection if you’re experiencing a lot of vaginal discharge accompanied by burning or discomfort.
There are many reasons for not getting pregnant after having had one or more successful pregnancies. Your secondary infertility could be due to any of these reasons below or by other causes:
- You may have a different partner now.
- You may have experienced an infection or hormonal changes.
- You may have gained or lost weight.
- You may now have physical issues such as fibroids, endometriosis, or pelvic adhesions.
- Maybe you don’t eat as well as you once did.
- Egg or sperm quality has decreased with age.
- Your periods may now be irregular when they were regular before.
Many women never know the reason for infertility. I never knew why I had difficulties myself. The journey of trying to conceive a baby can be a very difficult one to travel with many potential heartaches along the way, including not conceiving as many children as you want and miscarriage. There are answers, though, for most women, and having a healthy body and positive outlook will only help to improve your chances of success.