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What is Secondary Infertility and Should I Be Worried?

Sophie Smith
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Secondary infertility is the inability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term after previously giving birth to a baby. It is relatively common and can affect women even if they haven’t had fertility issues before.

Despite the fact that most people have never heard of secondary infertility, it affects more women each year than primary infertility - over 3 million in the United States alone (Chandra et al., 2013).

What is more, couples who experience secondary infertility are less likely to seek medical assistance because they were able to get pregnant the first time and so assume that it will happen again without intervention.

Causes of Secondary Infertility

The same things that cause primary infertility also cause secondary infertility.

These include: