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