Secondary infertility is the inability to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term after you’ve already had a baby, and it’s more common than you might think, accounting for about 50 percent of infertility cases.
Are you infertile after having a baby?
Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy following the delivery of a child. While it isn’t uncommon, the good news is that you’re more likely to have a successful second pregnancy if you already have a child, says Ob/Gyn Laura Detti, MD.
How long are you infertile after having a baby?
The return of fertility
If you’re not breastfeeding, ovulation usually doesn’t return until at least six weeks postpartum for most women.
Why is it so hard to get pregnant again?
Egg quality or quantity: A woman is born with all the eggs she’ll ever have, and that supply slowly decreases as she releases eggs every month during her menstrual cycle. So as a woman ages, she has fewer eggs, and fewer good quality eggs – both factors that reduce her chances of getting pregnant naturally.
Is it easier or harder to get pregnant the second time?
It’s easy to assume that getting pregnant a second time is a cinch. And often, it is! But more couples actually experience secondary infertility — infertility that shows up after you’ve already had at least one baby — than primary infertility (infertility the first time around).
How do I know if I’m infertile?
The main symptom of infertility is the inability to get pregnant. A menstrual cycle that’s too long (35 days or more), too short (less than 21 days), irregular or absent can mean that you’re not ovulating. There might be no other signs or symptoms.
Why can’t I get pregnant even though I ovulate?
There are many possible reasons, including ovulation irregularities, structural problems in the reproductive system, low sperm count, or an underlying medical problem. While infertility can have symptoms like irregular periods or severe menstrual cramps, the truth is that most causes of infertility are silent.
Are you most fertile after pregnancy?
A 2011 review of previous studies found that women ovulate for the first time between 45 to 94 days after giving birth. Most women did not begin ovulating until at least 6 weeks after childbirth, but a few ovulated sooner.
Why is it hard to conceive a second child?
What causes secondary infertility? Sometimes problems getting pregnant for a second or subsequent time are related to a complication that occurred in a prior pregnancy or prior to delivery, such as uterine scarring or damage to the fallopian tubes.
Why is it harder to get pregnant after 30?
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, as a woman reaches her mid- to late 30s, she’s less likely to become pregnant and more like to have miscarriages because the quality and quantity of her eggs are dwindling. Women at this age might feel tremendous anxiety when it comes to having children.
Which age is best to get pregnant?
Experts say the best time to get pregnant is between your late 20s and early 30s. This age range is associated with the best outcomes for both you and your baby. One study pinpointed the ideal age to give birth to a first child as 30.5.
What are the risks of getting pregnant 3 months after giving birth?
Research suggests that beginning a pregnancy within six months of a live birth is associated with an increased risk of:
- Premature birth.
- The placenta partially or completely peeling away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery (placental abruption)
- Low birth weight.
- Congenital disorders.
What’s a chemical pregnancy?
A chemical pregnancy is a very early miscarriage. It usually happens before the pregnancy reaches five weeks. Many may not even realize they have had an early miscarriage if it happens soon after a missed period.