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Secondary Infertility

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About secondary infertility

Secondary infertility refers to when a couple struggles with infertility and has trouble conceiving after having a baby. The facts that cause secondary infertility are similar to primary infertility.

Causes of secondary infertility 

  • Impaired production and function of sperm
  • Fallopian tube damage
  • Endometriosis 
  • Uterine disorders in women
  • Complications related to prior pregnancy or surgery
  • Ovulatory disorders (PCOS)
  • Overweight 
  • Age
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking

Diagnosis of secondary infertility 

  • Make an appointment with a gynecologist, reproductive endocrinologist, or urologist. To offer a range of treatment options, early assessment is crucial
  • The doctor will evaluate your medical history to diagnose what has changed since the last pregnancy
  • Provide information to whether you have had irregular menstrual cycles and to determine if you are ovulating or developing eggs regularly
  • Medical history for males will help to reveal whether thyroid illness, cancer, or age-related disorders have had an impact on sperm count or quality
  • The expert will discuss with the couple various tests and injections if and when needed
  • A semen analysis may also be referred by the doctor to better understand the quality and quantity of the semen sample

Treatment of secondary infertility 

Secondary infertility is treated in the same way as primary infertility.

  • Following your fertility evaluation, you and your fertility specialist will explore the treatment options that are best suitable for you
  • Certain medications would be prescribed to women over 35 years who may have had three or more miscarriages
  • With age, the chances of chromosomal abnormalities with the embryos may lead to miscarriages, so it is necessary to only transfer embryos that are healthy

FAQs

Is having a second child more difficult?

Aside from the age disparity, the fact is that there will always be an unpleasant impediment that makes having a second child difficult.

Is it possible to conceive if you have secondary infertility?

Yes, you can get pregnant even if you have secondary infertility. However, you may need the help of a fertility expert to diagnose any problems you face while trying to conceive.

What are various treatment options if diagnosed with secondary infertility?

IUI, IVF, FET, surgery to repair uterine problems like fibroids, and medications like antioxidants and anti-ageing supplements are given to increase fertility in men.

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