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Secondary infertility: Why does it happen?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 7, 2022.

Secondary infertility happens when you can't get pregnant or carry a baby to term after you've been pregnant before and had a baby without any trouble. Secondary infertility shares many of the same causes of primary infertility.

Secondary infertility might be caused by:

If you're younger than 35 and you've been trying for a year to get pregnant, talk with your health care provider. Depending on the circumstances, your provider may want to look at both you and your partner. If you're 35 or older, talk with your provider after six months.

Seeing your health care provider earlier might be needed if you have risk factors for infertility. These include having few or no periods or endometriosis. Your provider can help you decide whether you might benefit from specialty care or treatment at a fertility clinic.

Secondary infertility can be surprising and stressful. If you're having trouble coping, seek support from your partner, family or a friend.

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