Secondary Infertility

Some couples who have previously had a successful pregnancy through natural methods may suddenly have trouble conceiving a second or third time. This is known as secondary infertility, which occurs when an individual or couple is unable to become pregnant again after a year of trying.

What Causes Secondary Infertility?

Secondary infertility affects nearly 11% of couples in the United States and can be caused by either male or female infertility.1

While there are no direct causes of secondary infertility, there are a few factors that can affect fertility after a previous pregnancy, including:

  • Age
  • Structural reproductive issues
  • Impaired sperm or eggs
  • Complications from previous pregnancy or surgery
  • Increased body weight or BMI
  • Certain medications or medical conditions
  • Alcohol or tobacco use

Secondary infertility can feel incredibly frustrating to deal with, and our fertility team is here to support your family-growing goals. Since both partners may be experiencing some form of infertility, it’s best to meet our specialists to uncover any underlying causes and determine the best plan to treat them.

During your initial consultation at The Fertility Institute, we can review your health and pregnancy attempts, and recommend fertility testing to create a treatment plan.

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