Secondary Infertility

Secondary Infertility in Families with Children

Helping Families Conceive After Successful Pregnancy at Palm Beach Fertility Center

After you and your family have had one or more children, you may consider having another baby. Adding to your family and giving your child a little brother or sister is a wonderful idea. Once you've successfully given birth, you might think that you won’t ever have fertility problems. In fact, many people believe that infertility only affects people that have never had children before, but the reality is that infertility can affect couples or individuals at any time, regardless of your history.

Understanding Secondary Infertility

When a couple has trouble conceiving a child after they’ve already had a successful pregnancy it is called secondary infertility. Dr. Mark Denker and all of the experienced Palm Beach Fertility Center team know that despite popular misconceptions, it’s very common. We work with many different families of all ages and individual circumstances to help overcome secondary infertility.

Causes of Secondary Infertility

The potential causes of secondary infertility are similar to those of primary infertility. Many have to do with what might have happened in the time that passed between the first successful pregnancy and the time the couple is trying to conceive again without success.

Among women, the potential causes of secondary infertility to investigate are:

  • Fallopian tube damage, ovulation disorders, endometriosis and uterine conditions: These conditions might have newly developed or existed at the time of the first pregnancy, but have worsened in the intervening time.
  • Complications related to prior pregnancies: Women who experienced high-risk pregnancies or deliveries might have residual effects that affect their continued fertility.
  • Changes in risk factors: Over time, certain lifestyle habits and health conditions might have changed, and some could affect fertility. For women, factors include excessive weight gain or loss, an increase in tobacco or alcohol use, or a new or worsened medical condition requiring medication that interferes with pregnancy.

The most common cause is age, as a woman’s fertility decreases naturally with age. Men have fewer age-related fertility issues than women, but there is still some effect.

Potential causes of male secondary infertility might be:

  • Impaired sperm production, function or delivery: Some of these conditions might have existed for the previous pregnancy, but with luck, there was still a pregnancy. In other cases, sperm quality might have degraded over time.
  • Changes in risk factors: The same as for women: If significant changes in weight, alcohol or tobacco use or medical conditions and medications have changed, there is a possible fertility effect.

Unique Challenges of Secondary Infertility

At Palm Beach Fertility Center, we understand the desire to add to your family and we support it wholeheartedly. We also know that secondary infertility can be just as stressful, and sometimes more stressful, as primary fertility. Couples with children are often unprepared to think of themselves as fertility-challenged. For couples with children, there can be pressure to be happy with what they have, even though they have long-standing dreams for adding on to their family.

Exploring the Path Towards Successful Secondary Pregnancy

The good news is that Dr. Denker has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating secondary infertility. He will conduct a comprehensive fertility evaluation of one or both partners, including medical history and physical examination, an assessment of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and sperm status. Once the potential causes are identified, an individualized treatment plan is developed.

Our mission at Palm Beach Fertility Center to help each couple become a complete family. We devote ourselves to helping resolve infertility with individualized care that produces optimal results for couples experiencing secondary infertility.

To learn more, please call us at (888) 819-5177 to make an appointment.

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