Spanky wants to discuss Let’s Talk Infertility: Secondary Infertility
Secondary infertility is defines as the inability to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term, following the birth of one or more biological children. The birth of the first child did not need ART assisted reproductive technologies or fertility medications.
Infertility is a medical problem, 30 % of infertility is due to the female, and 30 % to the male and the other 30 % is a combination of both partners. Infertility is defined as a disease after the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse, or the ability to carry a pregnancy to birth.
When you have your first child with no problem you are caught off guard by having trouble with the next child. Secondary infertility can have similar causes like primary infertility. A men’s sperm can be impaired, ovulation disorders, fallopian tubes, complications to prior pregnancy and changes in your partners or yourself risk factors such as weight, age and use of medications.
You should see a specialist if you are under 35 if you have tried for at least one year and if over 35 after trying for a 6-month period. Be in control and talk to your OBGYN. Secondary infertility is very common.
It is so hard on the couple that you felt you had no issues having your first child, why is this happening with the next? There is such a stigma with second infertility and people feel like you have one you should be happy and fortunate because there are some that haven’t conceived. It’s different than with primary infertility.
Emotions can run so high with infertility; there are so many feelings you and your partner are going through. You have to keep communications open between the two of you. It doesn’t take long before infertility becomes the ruling force over your life. Anyone who has experienced infertility for a period of time can tell the experience changes you. Look into a support group or an infertility counselor; it can be a big help through this roadblock. So if you feel you may have secondary infertility get to a specialist soon or talk to your OBGYN.