How To Deal With The Causes of Secondary Infertility

how to deal with secondary infertility

For some women, this is an issue that has never even been a concern. They get pregnant with their first baby and then decide that they want to have more children, and do so. No problems, no questions, nothing to it. Unfortunately, things are not always that easy for everyone.

The issue of secondary infertility is one that is not commonly addressed, despite more than 3 million women having this very difficult and stressful problem.

Secondary infertility is when a woman has had one child, but is either incapable of becoming pregnant again or unable to carry another baby to term. There can be various reasons for this occurrence, and like so many women who have fertility issues, you want to know the reasons why, and have the problem(s) treated, so that you can have the family you dream about.

Here are some possible reasons why a woman maybe having this problem. And the treatments for a woman, who is having secondary infertility issues, are the same as they would be for a woman who has never had a child before.

Being overweight

This problem is surprisingly common and can have quite an impact on fertility. A large amount of weight gain can lead to a problem with your ovulatory function, as well as to a problem with insulin resistance, which can contribute to higher levels of testosterone being produced from the ovaries. This can also lead to difficulties with ovulatory function.

The best treatment for this particular problem is to try to lose some weight and eat a healthy diet. This can often give you the results that you are looking for.


This is a condition that causes tissue to grow in places outside of the uterus, or cysts to grow on the ovaries. This can be a definite roadblock on your way to trying to conceive again, so prompt treatment is best.

There are different treatments for this condition, and it often depends on whether or not you have experienced scarring or had your ovarian reserve affected, on which direction you decide to go. Many women with endometriosis find that IVF is an excellent option with wonderful results, but again, how much damage has been done to your reproductive organs by the disease, is what you need to learn first.


This can affect not a woman’s chance of getting pregnant, but also her chance of being able to carry a baby to term without miscarrying. Even if you do not smoke but your partner does, the effects of secondhand smoke have been shown to be almost as bad. Some of the specific fertility problems that smoking can lead to include:

  • Genetic Issue
  • Increased Risk of Miscarriage
  • Damage to your Eggs
  • Problems with Ovulation
  • Premature Menopause
  • Increased Risk of Cancer

The clear choice of treatment is to simply quit smoking. After around 2 months, your body will begin to have a better chance at getting and staying pregnant.

Sperm Problems

Women are not the only ones to have problems with their fertility. Sometimes a woman can be in perfect health and still not be getting pregnant, and the reason may be her partner. A man’s fertility can change with time also, so a good basic test to have performed would be a semen analysis, which can give a couple a general idea of the condition of a man’s sperm.

Fallopian Tube Disorders

There can be several problems that involve the fallopian tubes and it will depend upon what the issue may be, as to whether or not it could be affecting your problems with trying to conceive. If you have had a child before, there is also the possibility that complications developed during your last delivery, and as a result a uterine infection occurred which may have caused the development of intrauterine adhesions or Asherman’s Syndrome, which are adhesions that form around the fallopian tube. If you have ruled out everything else, this is a problem that needs to be considered.

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