Secondary infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant, or to carry a pregnancy to term, following the birth of one or more biological children, when the birth of the first child did not involve any assisted reproductive technologies or fertility medications.
Secondary Infertility is common and often not talked about. The ease with which the first child was conceived results in many couples being caught off guard by a diagnosis of secondary infertility when trying to get pregnant again. Most doctors advise the couple to not be concerned unless they have been trying to conceive for at least one year and the female partner is under the age of 35. If the female partner is over 35 and have been trying for 6 months, the couple should consult a physician. Women over 30 with a history of pelvic inflammatory disease, painful periods, miscarriage, irregular cycles, etc., and men with known low sperm count are advised to not wait one year to seek medical advice.
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