If you’re trying for a second baby and having a hard time, you’re not alone. In fact, nearly 25% of couples seeking fertility treatment are already parents. Many couples think conceiving a second child will be simple after having their first. However, millions of couples struggle with what is called secondary infertility. This diagnosis refers to parents who have not conceived after 12 months of trying.
While you consider enlisting the help of a fertility specialist, it will help to understand the reasons you may be having difficulty conceiving.
- You’re a woman over 35: One of the most important factors influencing fertility is a woman’s age, because as women grow older, their eggs are lower quality.
- You’re a woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS): This causes a hormonal imbalance that can disrupt ovulation. Women whose periods are irregular or absent should discuss this with their physician.
- Your male partner has a low sperm count: Sperm production can decrease if a man takes testosterone supplements or exposes his testes to heat. Some men also have lower sperm quality than others.
- You or your partner is overweight: Excess weight can stifle ovulation, particularly in women with insulin resistance and elevated testosterone levels. Men who are overweight may have lower sperm counts and elevated estrogen levels.
- You or your partner drinks too much alcohol: Moderate to heavy alcohol use can disrupt hormones, hinder sperm product, and increase the time it takes to conceive.
- You or your partner is a smoker: Smoking can damage a woman’s eggs and cause ovulation problems, and men who smoke may have lower-quality sperm.
What Can I Do About Secondary Infertility?
It’s good to be patient while trying to conceive, but don’t wait too long. You may have secondary infertility if you have trouble conceiving after many months, and women over 36 may have secondary infertility if they have tried for 3-4 menstrual cycles without success.
Palm Beach Fertility Center can help couples experiencing secondary infertility. If you are interested in fertility treatment, contact Palm Beach Fertility Center today at (888) 819-5177 or book an appointment online.