You’ve already successfully gotten pregnant and carried at least one child to term, so why does it seem harder this time around? Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy after having conceived and carried one or more pregnancies. The reproductive specialists at Sher Fertility Institute in New York explain secondary infertility in more detail below.

Your previous pregnancies may have gone smoothly with no difficulties, but some couples struggle to conceive even after normal pregnancies. So why the sudden change in your ability to conceive? There are many factors that can contribute to secondary infertility:

  • Sperm quality may change with time or due to medications, surgery, stress, illness, or weight gain.
  • Egg quality also diminishes with time.
  • Previous complications can also affect your ability to get pregnant again. Some pregnancy complications may affect your uterus or fallopian tubes, making it difficult to conceive again. Men or women may also have had underlying fertility issues in the past but were lucky to get pregnant previously.

If you think you may be affected by secondary infertility, it is important to quit bad habits such as smoking, start living a healthier lifestyle—change your diet and exercise regularly, and seek professional medical care for testing and treatment options. Couples 35 and under who have been trying for over one year, or couples who are over 35 who have been trying for more than six months may be diagnosed with secondary infertility and should schedule an appointment with a physician in Manhattan at Sher Fertility Institute New York today.