One of the most common misconceptions about reproduction is that once you’ve had one child, you will have no difficulties in conceiving again. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t true. Each year approximately 3.5 million Americans suffer from a condition known as secondary infertility, the inability to conceive after one or more successful pregnancies.
Why Does This Happen?
There are a number of reasons why a couple may experience secondary infertility. As a couple ages, sperm and egg qualities diminish. Medications for common conditions such as high blood pressure or depression may interfere with conception. Lifestyle habits such as alcohol usage, smoking, poor diet, and weight gain may cause infertility. You may also be experiencing complications from endometriosis or fibroids.
Many people don’t understand the physical reasons behind secondary infertility. As such, the support group you normally go to for reassurance may be less helpful. Family and friends may downplay the significance of your fertility issue or recommend relaxing to let nature take its course. While these are well meaning sentiments, they do not effectively address the toll this condition has on a couple. It is usually a good idea to seek professional counseling during this time to help address the overwhelming emotional burden.
When to See a Doctor
Not all couples will conceive on the first or second try. There are healthy changes that everyone can incorporate to increase fertility; however, these lifestyle changes will not combat serious medical complications. You should seek medical advice if you’ve tried to conceive for six months or have a history of infertility.
For more information about secondary infertility and possible treatment options for the condition, contact the Fertility Center of Dallas, J. Michael Putman, M.D., and Edward D. Tarnawa, M.D. or call us at 214-496-5153. We have locations in Dallas and Rockwall.
For more information about primary or secondary infertility and other fertility topics, contact the Fertility Center of Dallas, J. Michael Putman, M.D., and Edward D. Tarnawa, M.D. or call us at 214-496-5153. We have locations in Dallas and Rockwall.