If you have been diagnosed of secondary infertility, this write up will educate you on everything you need to know about it such as:
- what secondary infertility means
- causes of secondary infertility
- signs and symptoms of secondary infertility
- diagnosing secondary infertility
- understanding secondary infertility in women
- understanding secondary infertility in men
- different treatment options for secondary infertility in both men and women
- natural remedies for secondary infertility in both men and women
- and many more
So, let’s get to work!
As a man or woman, you’ve had a child (or a successful pregnancy) before, but having or giving birth to another and carrying it to full-term successfully becomes difficult. This is what happens with a couple undergoing secondary infertility. We used ‘couple’ because the husband can be responsible for it just as much as the wife.
WHAT IS SECONDARY INFERTILITY?
Secondary infertility is the inability to achieve pregnancy or carry a pregnancy to full-term after previous success in giving birth.
About 10% of all couples experience secondary infertility; yet, not many of this percentage are aware. Secondary infertility is not just all about the inability to conceive another child. It also extends to recurrent miscarriages.
This means a woman who had a pregnancy that ended in miscarriage can be said to be experiencing secondary infertility also.
WHAT QUALIFIES A CASE OF DELAYED CONCEPTION AS SECONDARY INFERTILITY?
Also, if the couple has tried to conceive within 6–12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse without any success, it is considered as secondary infertility.
CAUSES OF SECONDARY INFERTILITY
Secondary infertility is quite as common as primary infertility.
Just as primary infertility can be attributed to either partner or both partners, secondary infertility can also be traced to one or both partners.
About one-third of infertility cases can be traced to the female while male factors also account for another one-third of the cases. The rest can be due to a combination of factors or unknown causes.
Causes of Secondary Infertility in Women
- Uterine factors (e.g uterine fibroids, uterine adhesions)
- Diminished ovarian reserve (reduced egg quality & quantity)
- Hormonal imbalances
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Fallopian tube blockage
- Ovulation disorder
- Excessive weight gain
- Medications (long term use or high dosage of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, chemotherapy drugs, antipsychotic medicines, drugs used to treat fluid retention)
- Excessive use of hard drugs and alcohol
Causes of Secondary Infertility in Men
- No sperm (azoospermia)
- low sperm count (oligospermia)
- Poor sperm motility & morphology
- Ejaculation problems
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Lower testosterone levels
- Poor semen quality
- Surgical procedures e.g prostate removal
- Prostate enlargement
- Dietary & Lifestyle factors (excessive sugar intake, alcohol, smoking, hard drugs)
- Certain medications that affect sperm quantity and quality (antibiotics and medications that treat high blood pressure)
- Use of certain commercial sexual lubricants
WHEN TO SEEK TREATMENT FOR SECONDARY INFERTILITY
Typically, if you’ve had a baby once or twice, and you’re trying to have another one but seem really difficult, it’s normal to get worried. But it shouldn’t stop at just the worries.
Unfortunately, for quite a lot of couples, that’s where it stops. And this is because of the perception that they once had babies, so they should be able to do that again.
We have had such expressions from our followers and prospective customers before: claiming there is nothing wrong with them or their spouse because they have had a child (children) before. They claim to be fit based on past fertility record. They are making this claim without any medical test or examination to know their current status.
The funny thing is that in most cases, when they are advised to go for tests, they come back with infertility diagnosis showing that something is wrong somewhere.
Let us reiterate it again here, the fact that you were fertile last year or a few years ago does not mean you will be fertile right now.
As a man, the fact that you have been able to impregnate a lot of women in the past is not a guarantee that you will be able to impregnate a woman today.
Same for women; the fact that you have been pregnant before, perhaps when you were younger or just a few years ago, does not mean you will be able to conceive again right now.
Couples who are less than 35 years should seek infertility treatment after trying unsuccessfully to conceive for 6-12 months. They should also seek treatment if there are any known medical conditions.
Women within the age range of 35 – 40 years should see a specialist after trying for 6 months. Those who are over 40 should not wait that long; it is best to seek assistance after 3 months of trying.
Both partners are to visit the doctor. The doctor would perform a medical examination and possibly ask them to take some tests. The findings from the medical examination and the tests would help detect the cause of their infertility.
That way, the best treatment option for their infertility can be given; except if the cause is unknown.
Through the use of the female infertility remedy kit, Plan B Wellness Limited has consistently recorded great results with infertility cases in women.
Same for men through the use of our Male Infertility Remedy Kit.
The Female Infertility Remedy Kit restores women’s fertility no matter the cause, even if it’s unidentified.
The Male Infertility Remedy Kit also achieve same for men, no matter the cause of the male infertility.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR SECONDARY INFERTILITY
Treatment for secondary infertility is similar to that of primary infertility. Secondary infertility can be treated in the following ways:
Women with ovulation disorder may be given clomid (which is very common) or letrozole to boost their ovulation. If they wish to go natural with this by using an organic and safer herbs to boost ovulation, they can make use of our Ovu-Boost Herbal Formula.
In vitro Fertilization (IVF)
IVF is quite a procedure and an expensive one at that.
The IVF procedure requires that the ovaries be injected daily for them to be stimulated. There’s also a surgical procedure for egg retrieval, after which the eggs are fertilized by sperm in the laboratory. Once an embryo (could be more than one) has been formed, it is transferred into the uterus. Egg or sperm donors are accepted in IVF.
All of these procedures explain why IVF is never the first step in infertility treatment.
You can call it the last resort after fertility drugs, surgery, and artificial insemination has failed. To top this, IVF fails too, and it does so man times. There are women who have undergone IVF more than 3-4 times and still with no success, thereby spending a lot of money.
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Intrauterine Insemination (IUI):
This is a surgical procedure in which sperm is injected into the woman’s uterus to increase her chance of fertilization. If a man has issues with his sperm, someone else’s sperm can be donated for this purpose.
Click here to see several safer and more potent options to overcome sperm-related fertility issues in men.
Medications that improve semen quality in men: there are certain medications that doctors prescribe to men with poor semen quality.
However, you should be aware of the adverse effects of these surgical procedures and ask your doctor or therapist for other safer options such as the ones mentioned here.
Surgical procedures are also used to treat varicocele in men and they are not without their own adverse effects too.
Natural Remedy for Secondary Infertility
Of all the treatment options, natural remedies are considered the best because they treat the root cause and other surrounding conditions causing infertility in men or women.
Most importantly, these remedies restore fertility in both men and women, and ultimately increase their chance of a successful child birth without any adverse effect.
The male infertility remedy kit contains different treatment categories that treat male secondary infertility issues.
The female infertility remedy kits contain various treatment packages that treat the different causes of secondary infertility in women.
Infertility, whether primary or secondary can be a lot devastating for individuals and couples. They become filled with several emotions such as anger, worry, depression, anxiety, sadness, grief, loneliness.
These individuals need all the love and support they can get from families and friends. If that is not coming forth, they may benefit from support groups.
Are you finding it hard to discuss your fertility issues with friends and families? You can talk to us.
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