What is secondary infertility?

Did you know there are two classifications of infertility: primary and secondary?

Primary infertility is when couples are unable to conceive their first baby.

Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive or carry a baby to term after 12 months of unprotected intercourse in a woman who has already had a baby in the past without any fertility treatments.

Secondary infertility occurs at about the same rate as primary infertility. It affects men and women equally, as the cause for a woman’s inability to conceive can be due solely or in part to male factors. Causes for secondary infertility are often the same as they are for primary infertility. Aging, ovulation disorders, low sperm counts and other factors can all play a part.

While secondary infertility can be a surprise to many couples, it can be treated successfully. The earlier patients seek help, the better. Learn more about causes, symptoms and treatments at our website.

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