If you had no problems conceiving your first baby, you probably assume that second attempt would be equally successful. But, many couples are taken by surprise when they find out that conceiving second child doesn t go as easy as they might think. Approximately one in five couples will experience trouble conceiving second child. This problem is called secondary infertility and it s more common than primary infertility. More than half the women of reproductive age who experience secondary infertility already have one child.
The causes of secondary infertility are often the same as the causes of primary infertility. However, since couples usually wait few years before conceiving second child, the most common cause for secondary infertility could be age-related. Quality of a woman s eggs as well as man s sperm declines as they grow older.
It s suggested that women over 35 years who are trying to conceive for six months without success, consult their doctor. Other possible reasons for secondary infertility include various diseases in the man or woman, both diagnosed and underlying. Possible reasons for secondary infertility could be decreased sperm count in men due to age, lifestyle, poor diet, smoking, etc. Woman could suffer from ovulation problems, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), hormonal disorders, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease or previous ectopic pregnancy that all could be reasons for secondary infertility.
Large weight gain or loss in both men and women could be major reason for inability to conceive second child, especially in women because weight gain and obesity could postpone ovulatory cycles. Sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia could also cause secondary infertility.
Diagnosing infertility requires a few tests, which is the first step in treatment. Even if you conceived your first child without delay, that doesn t mean that you won t have problems with second infertility. That s why you shouldn t delay visit to your doctor. With age being a main factor for infertility, the earlier partners begin treatment, the better chance they have of becoming pregnant.
But if you are over the age of 35, you should wait only six months before talking to your doctor. This form of infertility can be very difficult to deal with emotionally. It causes a lot of stress, since many couples don t expect to have difficulty conceiving again, especially if the first pregnancy went well without any problems or obstacles.
Parents unable to have second child might feel as they are letting down their first child by not providing a sister or brother. At the same time, they can feel guilty that the first child is somehow not enough, being the constant reminder of the loss. Also the time and emotional commitment that parents involve in infertility treatment, can make them think they re not as committed to their first child as they would like. Infertility can destroy your relationship and relationship with your first child if you allow it. Parents shouldn t waste their time feeling unhappy and desperate. They should dedicate all time they have to their first child.