After getting pregnant once, most couples think that it is easy to get pregnant again. However, that’s not always the case and this condition is known as Secondary Infertility. It is difficult for researchers to come up with exact numbers on secondary infertility, but a report by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) estimates that there are more than 3 million US women who face difficulty getting pregnant again, or carrying another baby to full-term.
Here are the 5 most common causes of secondary infertility in couples:
It is a condition where the tissue from inside the uterus is found outside the womb, usually on other organs in the pelvic area. Although not all women with endometriosis are infertile, it might cause a problem in pregnancy for many. Talk to the doctors at KIMS Cuddles to get help in treating this condition.
Many times, parents keep a lot of gap between their pregnancies. Even five years can make a big difference in a woman’s fertility. If a couple decides to have the first pregnancy later in life, the woman’s ovarian reserves depletes and the man’s sperm count decreases by the time they decide on having a second one. This might lead to secondary infertility.
- Injury or scarring
Some problems can develop after the birth of the first child and cause damage. An injury to the uterus or fallopian tube can make it harder to conceive. For example, a caesarean may cause uterine adhesion, or a womb infection or retained placental can cause scarring. Make sure you visit the doctors at KIMS Cuddles to get checked for any injury. They can help address these challenges by suggesting relevant treatments.
- Weight gain
If you have gained a lot of weight since your last pregnancy, this might cause problems in getting pregnant again. The reproductive system needs the right balance of hormones to operate efficiently. Excessive weight gain can disrupt hormonal activity and impacts ovulation in women, or sperm production in men. Make sure to manage your weight in order to achieve healthy pregnancy second time around.
Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop inside or on a woman’s uterus. They can develop or worsen after a successful pregnancy. They are non-cancerous tumors that can create an inhospitable environment and prevents implantation. Speak to the doctors at KIMS Cuddles if you have fibroids and they can suggest ways to remove them.
Although these are the 5 most common causes of secondary infertility, there may be other reasons for not being able to get pregnant. If you’re trying to conceive for the second time, and are over 35 years of age, its best to see your doctor after six months. The fertility specialists at KIMS Cuddles can help you determine a treatment that is right for you.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance