You’ve had your first child successfully without fertility treatments. Everything went fine from conception to birth.
Now you want a second child. But there is something wrong.
It’s been 12 months and nothing.
The last time around it took just one night with your honey. This time you’ve tried more times than you can count.
What you’re going through is called secondary infertility. And you’re not alone in this struggle. Over 800,000 married women with one child can’t get pregnant again even after a year of unprotected sex.
But there’s more you need to know about secondary infertility. And maybe after you read this, you’ll have some hope.
1. Caffeine Might Be the Secondary Infertility Culprit
While nobody likes to play the blame game, it’s important to recognize the possible factors involved in secondary infertility.
If it’s something you can change about your diet, you would make the change in a heartbeat, right?
Well, you might have to cut out caffeine.
For those of us who are coffee lovers, this is hard to hear. But they’ve found possible links between infertility and caffeine.
While the evidence isn’t conclusive, cutting caffeine is definitely worth a shot.
2. It Might Not Be You
Because the woman carries the baby it’s often assumed infertility is the woman’s fault.
But it takes two to make a baby. And while your husband or partner might not have been shooting blanks last time round, anything could happen in between.
There are a lot of factors in male infertility. This could include increased weight gain and bad habits like smoking or alcohol use. So, if you want to get pregnant, make a plan together to cut things like alcohol, smoking, and extra calories.
And if you’re still having trouble conceiving, your partner can have their fertility tested.
3. Your Last Delivery Could Be A Factor
Having a baby isn’t a peaceful event. While your body does prepare itself for the coming of the baby, a lot of things can go wrong during childbirth.
Any birth complications, known and unknown could be a factor in secondary infertility.
4. Pregnancy Is Never A Guarantee
Don’t treat it like a guarantee either. And after a certain age, contributing factors increase.
You could have developed a condition and that condition could be a contributing factor.
Even if you’re young, ovarian cysts, fibroids, and endometriosis can still plague your body. If you’re having trouble conceiving, the advice “keep trying” isn’t enough. Go see a doctor if it’s been 12 months or more.
5. Conception Is More Than Placement
You may have nothing wrong with your eggs or your sperm. But getting them together in the same place isn’t as easy as sex-ed makes it out to be.
You can use temperature charts and ovulation prediction kits to find out when the best time to conceive will be.
The general rule, however, is to have sex three days after the completion of your period.
Conclusion: There Is Hope
If you are still having trouble conceiving, it’s not the end of the road.
We can help you discover the exact cause of your fertility problems. Request an appointment today if you’d like to find out how.