Secondary infertility is the inability to become pregnant or to carry a baby to term after previously giving birth to a baby. Secondary infertility shares many of the same causes of primary infertility. If you have frequent, unprotected sex but don't become pregnant — after a year if you're younger than 35 or after six months if you're 35 or older — talk to your health care provider. Depending on the circumstances, both you and your partner might need medical evaluations. Your doctor can help determine whether there's an issue that requires a specialist or treatment at a fertility clinic. Secondary infertility can be surprising and stressful.
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Infertility happens when a couple cannot conceive after having regular unprotected sex. It may be that one partner cannot contribute to conception, or that a woman is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term. It is often defined as not conceiving after 12 months of regular sexual intercourse without the use of birth control. In the United States, around 10 percent of women aged 15 to 44 years are estimated to have difficulty conceiving or staying pregnant.
Sam and Annie had no trouble conceiving Isabella, their first child, two months after Annie stopped birth control pills. BUT, now that Isabella is two, they have been trying to conceive for 12 months and despite their positive history and nothing that would raise a question about infertility, they have not become pregnant. This is a common story I see in my clinic and patients like Sam and Annie need a full work up to check her tubes, ovarian reserve, and to check his sperm. That may still be the case…BUT his sperm could have changed so, despite his proven fertility, he still needs a semen analysis. Sam ended up using a home semen test for convenience with YOspermtest.
Secondary infertility can be confusing and mind-boggling. You had no trouble getting pregnant last time. Many people think primary infertility is more common than secondary infertility. However, according to a review published in , secondary infertility is the most common form of female infertility. Couples experiencing secondary infertility may be more likely to put off seeking help.