Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive after having conceived previously.
What are the causes of Secondary Infertility?
There are a number of things that can cause secondary infertility. After undergoing a vaginal delivery or C-section, there can be remnants from the previous pregnancy left in the uterus, which inhibit a new pregnancy from implanting. There can also be a piece of debris blocking the fallopian tubes or a post delivery endometritis can cause scarring of the fallopian tubes.
Can age cause Secondary Infertility?
Age is probably the most common cause of secondary infertility. Fertility decreases with age regardless of previous pregnancy history.
What can cause male Secondary Infertility?
The most common cause of male secondary infertility is history of vasectomy.
How is Secondary Infertility diagnosed?
The evaluation of secondary infertility is the same as that for primary infertility which is to check a cycle day 3 FSH and estradiol level, Thyroid stimulating hormone level, prolactin level, hysterosalpingogram, sonohysterogram and a semen analysis for the men.
What are the treatments for Secondary Infertility?
Treatments such as Artificial Insemination, Invitro Fertilization is commonly used for the treatment of Secondary Infertility and if you are younger that 35 years of age and have been trying to conceive after one year without success, or after 6 months if you’re over than 35 is best to consult a Fertility Specialist so that they can determine if you might be experiencing Secondary Infertility.
This information has been vetted by Dr. Rudy Quintero, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, and a Fertility Doctor in Los Angeles, to read more about him please visit www.CareFertility.net