Over 4 million people in the United States are affected by secondary infertility. Now, you are probably wondering what this is and how is it different from just infertility? This type of infertility is the inability to conceive or carry a child to full-term after the birth of a biological child. The National Center for Infertility reports that secondary infertility is more common than primary infertility.
And here's another fact. Couples who experience this type of infertility are far less likely to seek out treatment as those who experience primary infertility. Why? It's simple! Those who experience secondary infertility assume that because they have already conceived and carried a child to full term that they can do it again and there is nothing wrong. Contrary to what they believe, it very well might be the first birth that is causing their infertility now. Here's why.
The reason could be due to adhesion. Adhesion can be caused from procedures such as a c- section or episiotomy from the women's previous birth. After such surgical procedure, collagen forms around the area to help promote healing. Over time and as collagen builds, sticky adhesion forms. And because they are sticky, they can cause nearby structures to be adhered together.
Adhesion can also prevent proper embryo implantation, uterus spasms (that can cause miscarriages), prevent proper hormone functions as well as other serious issues.
Another reason for secondary infertility maybe due to the women's age. For example, she may have had two children previously in her twenties and now decides to have one more, but now she is close to 40. If she is over the age of 35, chances are her hormones have changed. Of course, this does not mean that she can't conceive, it just means that she may need some help regulating her hormones.
There are many other reasons for secondary infertility other than what we discussed, such as: sexual or physical abuse, a new partner, endometriosis, car accident, stress, vaginal or bladder infection and diet. There are also many different treatment options available other than surgery. Treatment options may consist of TCM, Yoga, Counseling, Acupressure and Acupuncture, just to name a few.
The first key to over coming secondary infertility is to have the proper diagnosis of the cause and then finding the right treatment.