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What is Secondary Infertility?

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  • Written By: Mark Denker, M.D.

Secondary infertility is defined as the difficulty to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term, following the birth of one or more children. For many individuals, becoming pregnant and having their first child was obstacle-free. In this blog, our Boca Raton infertility specialist explains possible causes of secondary infertility and how it can be treated.

Reproductive Age

One of the most common causes of secondary infertility is age. Although you had no problem getting pregnant with your first child, it’s likely that a few years have passed. Women are born with all of the eggs she will ever have – as she ages, however, her ovarian reserve will weaken, which will decrease the quality and quantity of eggs.

Sperm Quality and Quantity

In the same way a woman’s fertility fluctuates as she gets older, so can a man’s. Changes in your partner’s health, or if he has started a new type of medication can affect sperm count and quality of sperm. These changes can be measured and inspected with an infertility evaluation.

Treatment for Secondary Infertility

Whatever the cause may be for secondary infertility, coming to terms with the reality of infertility can be difficult. Treatment plans for secondary infertility can include medication, fertilization, and egg donation. Palm Beach Fertility Center is led by Dr. Mark Denker, M.D. R.E., who is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology with a specialization in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. We offer a wide range of treatment plans, including IVF, fertility surgery, ovulation induction, and more.

Struggling with infertility? At Palm Beach Fertility Center, you are more than a statistic. Our staff is proud to stand by you and make your dreams of parenthood a reality.

We’re ready to hear from you. Call our Boca Raton fertility center at (888) 819-5177 to request an appointment today.