Secondary Infertility?

When Trying for Another Child is a Struggle –

If you have had one or more healthy full-term pregnancies, you are very fertile and will go on to have more healthy pregnancies – RIGHT?  WRONG – Infertility can happen to anyone, at any time.  Couples who have had one or more biological children, without the assistance of reproductive technology or fertility medications and are unable to conceive or carry to term another pregnancy have Secondary Fertility.  Having a different partner this time does not matter.  It is also defined as secondary fertility if you are unable to conceive with this partner and have already had a full term pregnancy.

Secondary fertility accounts for nearly half of all infertility diagnosis.  Around 12% of the women in the United States are diagnosed with secondary infertility. (tweet this)

You should consider other options (fertility coach, etc.)  if:

  • You are experiencing irregular or very painful menstruation
  • Have had more than two miscarriages
  • Have a history of STD’s
  • Have a history of fertility related issues such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, etc.
  • Have a history of other health related problems such as diabetes, obesity, thyroid issues, alcoholism, drug addition, autoimmune disease

What contributes to Secondary Infertility?

Age – As we age our body systems are not as vital as they once were, especially if we have poor eating habits, lifestyle choices and high stress.  We can’t reverse the aging process but we can support out health in many ways including good diet choices, healthy lifestyle practices and stress reduction.

Cesarean Section – If you had a cesarean section birth there may be a chance that there is scar tissue damage to the uterus or fallopian tubes making it difficult to conceive.  Uterine scar tissue damage can interfere with implantation.  Scar tissue in the fallopian tubes can cause them to become blocked.

Hyperthyroidism – Postpartum thyroiditis has been found to occur in 7% of women within the first year after childbirth.  Overactive tissue in the thyroid gland leads to overproduction of thyroid hormones.  This is most likely caused by inflammation of they thyroid.

Obesity– If there has been a lot of weight gain since the birth of your last child, it is important to know that obesity increases the risk of infertility.

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