If you've successfully conceived and given birth to a child and are now unable to get pregnant, you are suffering from secondary infertility. A common case of secondary infertility may go undiagnosed for years. Those suffering from secondary infertility may not even realize they have a reproductive problem – it could be male, female, or both.
Secondary vs. Primary Infertility Overview
Primary infertility is the inability to conceive a first child. For women under 35, a diagnosis of primary infertility – explained or unexplained – is made after one year of unprotected, regular sexual intercourse fails to conceive a pregnancy. For women over 35, this period is shortened to six months.
Couples suffering from secondary infertility are often turned down by fertility clinics because diagnosis is difficult. Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs is committed to treating all patients suffering from infertility – regardless of their diagnosed difficulty.
Causes of Secondary Infertility
The causes of secondary infertility are very close to the causes of primary infertility. The human reproductive system changes over time and new medical conditions arise.
Secondary infertility can result from either male-factor infertility or female-factor infertility causes:
- Low sperm production
- Poor sperm motility – delivery
- Poor sperm quality – morphology
- Irregular or no ovulation in women
- Hormonal issues for both men and women
- Fallopian tube blockage
- Endometriosis damage
- Uterine cavity damage that may have occurred during a previous pregnancy
To begin, both partners will undergo testing to identify the root cause of secondary infertility. Then, a personalized treatment plan will be developed addressing your medical needs while incorporating your desires.
Successful Treatment Options
Dr. Jacobs is renowned for successfully treating couples suffering from secondary infertility.
Proven secondary infertility treatment options:
Secondary Infertility Treatment Specialist
It is important to work with a fertility specialist who understands which treatment option for secondary infertility is best for you, considering your personal medical needs. Customized treatment plans offer the highest success rates and the best overall patient satisfaction.
Dr. Laurence Jacobs has the clinical experience necessary to design a customized infertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. Fertility Centers of Illinois has 10 fertility clinic locations and 2 IVF centers located throughout Chicagoland. After you consult with the Doctor, you can choose from any of our 10 locations for ultrasound scans and blood test monitoring. Schedule your initial consultation by clicking the icon below – or – calling 888.325.7389.