Secondary infertility is all the more concerning for couples because of the unexpected nature of its occurrence.
Why does this happen?
Infertility is often thought of as an absolute condition – people can either conceive or they are infertile. But those of us practising in the field for very many years understand that successful conception requires a myriad of amazing interactions both in the male as well as the female reproductive system.
For very many couples being fertile or infertile (some like to use the work ‘subfertile’) it is more about the efficiency of the reproductive processes than any absolute infertile (sterile) condition. What is an absolute infertile condition? If a woman has blocked Fallopian tubes, if a man has very few sperm, or does not manufacture any, then this couple can only have a baby by IVF technology.
So, if we imagine the female reproductive system, involving glands in the brain, other involved specialised glands around the body, the ovary, the Fallopian tubes, the uterus and the lining of the uterus for the site of implantation; the innumerable interactions of hormones, tissue responses, ovulatory process, transport systems, to name just a few, we can see why a problem in any one of the areas may create some inefficiencies, rather than absolute infertility. And that is just the female! The male equally has many systems in his reproductive process, including the 70 days to manufacture a sperm.
We can help
We never underestimate the emotional effects of secondary infertility. If you are concerned that you may have a secondary infertility problem please talk to us.