Secondary infertility: Why it happens, couples who have already had a successful pregnancy

to connectVideoWhy more and more parents are struggling with secondary infertility

Most of the parents are going to assume that it will be easy to get pregnant again after having a child, but this may not always be true. Reports have estimated that more than 3 million couples in the United States in the face of secondary infertility. Fox News’ Dr. Manny, if you End up with a reputable fertility doctor to discuss the sad state of being.

Shauna Stewart Douglas had been struggling with infertility. It caught both her and her husband, John, by surprise.

“I was more than sure that once you get pregnant, can you get pregnant again,” Douglas told Fox News.

She was expecting a baby almost two years ago, her daughter, and even with in vitro fertilization (IVF) did not. At the age of 35, Douglas found himself struggling with secondary infertility.

“People always say what do you want your kitchen table to look like in the future, when you think about how many children to have,” Douglas said. “In my mind, my husband, and our children, and that it was all a blur. It was in all the way.”

Reports have estimated that more than 3 million couples in the United States in the face of secondary infertility, according to the Mayo Clinic, it is the inability to conceive or carry a baby to term before giving birth.

Dr. Kecia Gaither, OB-GYN director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospital/Company, says a number of conditions that can lead to secondary infertility such as obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the use of some medications, prior surgery, endometriosis, and problems with the cervical mucus as well as the age of the two partners.

“A lot of health conditions, there may be no symptoms at all, until such a time as the couple would like a child,” Gaither told Fox News. “If there is a problem within a year of trying, couples under the age of 35 years and after six months, the couples are older than 35, then it is time to see your doctor to see you.”

Douglas, founder of the Permission to make a Profit, ” she said, and tried two rounds of IVF, the second time ending in a miscarriage–before they decided they “couldn’t do it anymore.”

“Maybe it would have happened if we had continued to go on and try it again and again and again, but I couldn’t, I just, I couldn’t for the roller coaster ride any more.”

Douglas said it was a medical condition, that they would rather not be made public, and for her age of almost 36, when they began trying for their second child, is likely to lead to the secondary infertility.

“The biggest obstacle is usually in secondary infertility, the ovarian reserve,” Dr. Brooke Hodes Wertz, a reproductive endocrinologist at the NYU Langone Fertility Center, told Fox News. “As the ovaries lose the the eggs, in number and quality over time. Thus, it becomes more and more difficult to get pregnant, and after the lapse of a period of time.”

Treatment for secondary infertility is the same as for primary infertility. Medical doctors have to first start with a review of the two partners, Wertz said.

“You’re going to get a semen analysis for male partners,” Wertz explained. “The female will usually undergo a blood test, which you can watch in their ovaries, as well as a test to see the inside of the cavity, or a hysterosalpingogram, or ultrasound, to look at the site and to make sure that the tubes are open up.”

The most common blood tests are for women, and the so-called FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), which is a reflection of egg quality, and AMH (anti-mullerian hormone), which show that the number of eggs laid by the patient.


There seems to be more of a problem, the doctor may recommend a specific treatment at a fertility clinic.

“We have developed a simple treatment with oral medicine, and often in the semen, and the release of the car to the place where the egg is being released,” Wertz said. “And then there are more aggressive treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).”

IVF is typically made use of fertility drugs to induce ovulation, and then the eggs, and feed them with sperm in a laboratory. As soon as the embryo is forming, doctors will then transfer the embryo into the uterus (womb).

A lot of women don’t realize is that in a few years will make a real difference

Dr. Brooke Hodes Wertz, NYU Langone Fertility Center

Wertz also recommended that egg freezing as a way to possibly prevent it from secondary infertility.

“We have the ability to freeze eggs and embryos, and if the women are young, and put them back in at an older age, when it would have been more difficult for a child to be hit,” Wertz said. “A lot of women don’t know for a couple of years to make a difference.”

Although there are success stories of women who have frozen their eggs when they have more than 40 years of age, Wertz said, ” it is better to freeze your eggs earlier in life, ideally before the age of 35.

While Douglas, now 41, did not think that the more rounds of IVF and was supposed to be her family’s second child and her daughter’s daughter, brother, sister, there was no other option for her–show.


“Families are made in lots of different ways and, for us, is that we have to have a biological child, and we have an adopted child,” Douglas said. “Going down that path was an incredibly good thing, because now, my son, that’s great, and I’m really grateful for that.”

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