What is Secondary Infertility?
Throughout my life, I have constantly run into couples who have a common complaint… They can’t get pregnant. And I can identify with that because my wife and I had a time during our life where we had what is called secondary infertility. Check out our experience with secondary infertility here.
Secondary infertility is the name of the condition that occurs when a couple has successfully had one or more children, but suddenly they don’t seem to be able to get pregnant anymore. As I understand it, a diagnosis of secondary infertility is primarily based upon age combined with length of time that you have been trying to become pregnant unsuccessfully. And, I must mention at this point that I am not a physician. So, if you believe that it is appropriate, verify anything that I write about with your physician.
If you are younger than 36 years old, your physician would probably tell you that you and your partner should be trying to conceive for at least a year before you begin discussing fertility-type treatments. After that age, six months is a good rule of thumb to begin talking to your physician about the possibility of a secondary infertility diagnosis.
It occurs because of various reasons such as:
- Lifestyle Changes.
- Exposure to Environmental Toxins and Pollutants.
- Physical Trauma to the Reproductive Organs, Such As a Vasectomy or Tubal Ligation (Tubes Tied), for Which a Reversal Has Been Attempted.
- Sexual Activity Related Issues Such As Timing or Frequency.
- Medical Conditions Which Have Developed Such As Endometriosis, Which Can Cause Blockages or Chronic Inflammation.
Many times secondary infertility will simply correct itself and the cause will remain a mystery and whatever corrected the condition will be unclear.
Quite frequently, lifestyle changes will lead to changes in the overall health of either the mother or father. One of the biggest problems the people run into is stress. Stress is well known to create unhealthy conditions, if it is long-lasting.
Stress just sneaks up on people. We go along living our lives in suddenly one day we realize that we have been under a tremendous amount of stress that were not particularly happy. When you suddenly realize that you have been under a lot of stress and at the same time you have not been able to become pregnant, it’s time to look for the cause.
I suggest you get alone and relax. Think about your life and ask yourself “what would I change if I could?”
The answer is probably the cause of your stress.
Other things that could contribute to secondary infertility are things like recreational drug use, smoking or using tobacco in other forms, and the development of low self-image with accompanying obsessive behaviors. Weight issues and lack of exercise can also be major lifestyle factors in secondary infertility.
Some of those things actually fall into the category of environmental toxins… also known as pollutants.
Exposure to Environmental Toxins and Pollutants
Environmental toxins and pollutants are one of the leading causes of many of the autoimmune-type problems that we are encountering in the population today… Especially in the “Western World.” In fact, as non-industrialized countries around the world become more prosperous, they typically begin to mimic the lifestyles of the richer countries, they tend to develop the same diseases in their populations as we have in ours.
One of the things that is known to occur as a result of the environmental toxins and pollutants is an increase in the incidence of infertility. Of course, the solution to the exposure to those chemicals is to remove them from your environment.
Sometimes, removing pollutants from your environment is quite simple… You stop using the chemicals in your household that may be causing your infertility. In other cases, it’s not so simple. Major organs in our bodies tend to become collecting grounds for the chemicals we take in during our daily lives. These organs are the liver, spleen, and the colon.
The removal of chemicals around your house is especially important. Many of the chemicals that we use on a daily basis for cleaning of our environment and our food can actually have highly detrimental effects on our bodies and the way they work. Knowing what to remove and what is safe to continue using… And knowing what you can replace the “bad chemicals” with can also be important, too.
The removal of accumulated toxins and other chemical pollutants from our bodies is quite important. Knowing just how to do this is something that you must be knowledgeable about if you’re to do it properly and safely.
Lisa Olson has written a literally world-famous book where she will explain what chemicals you need to remove and stop using from your household as well as how to go about “cleansing” your body to effectively and safely remove toxic chemicals from your person. If you are experiencing infertility and have been doing so, you need to read her book. It’s called The Pregnancy Miracle.
You can find out more about her book by going to The Pregnancy Miracle Official Site and watching the special video Lisa has prepared for that purpose.
Or, you can read the review that I’ve written about her product by going to my “Pregnancy Miracle Review” article here at wejustgottagetpregnant.com.
Physical Trauma to the Reproductive Organs
Sometimes a physical trauma will occur which will damage the reproductive organs of either a man or woman. The trauma may be accidental, or it may be intentional. In either case, it may require surgery to correct the problem. And, it may not be correctable.
However, in recent years, surgical techniques have advanced to the point where most of the intentional physical damage to the reproductive tract comes from things like vasectomies (the male sperm delivery channel is cut) or tubal ligations (having a woman’s fallopian tubes tied). It is possible to reverse these decisions, if the initial surgery was not “botched.”
Lisa Olson talks about physical damage to the reproductive organs in which you may be able to do about it in her Pregnancy Miracle book.
Sexual Activity Related Issues
The human body is wonderfully made. We are extremely complex organisms and, because of that, as the old saying goes, “timing is everything.”
The human reproductive cycle is a masterpiece of chemically-based timing. Hormones, enzymes, and organs engage in a delicately balanced dance that is really quite easy to “mess up.” Many people don’t understand how crucial the timing of sexual activity is. The Pregnancy Miracle book explains what you need to take into account as you time your sexual activity so that you have the highest probability of becoming pregnant.
If you have sex too soon, the male partner’s sperm will die or become infertile on the way to its rendezvous with the woman’s fertile egg. If you have sex too late, the egg may have already left the fallopian tube, which is where fertilization normally occurs, and her body may be preparing for her next menstrual period and the fertilized egg will be spontaneously aborted, even if it tries to attach itself to the uterus wall.
Click here to check out my review of Lisa Olson’s e-book “The Pregnancy Miracle” to decide if you want to find out more about her approach to infertility at the Official Pregnancy Miracle Website.
There are many medical conditions that can affect your ability to become pregnant. Some of these conditions affect the male partner and some affect the female partner.
Rather than run through the major problems that most infertile couples encounter in this article, I’m going to refer you to another article I’ve written where I discuss some of these conditions. My article is called “Why Am I Not Getting Pregnant?” I recommend you that you read the whole article and not just the part about medical conditions that can occur which will cause you to be unable to conceive.
Becoming Pregnant Naturally
It saddens me that so many people who have difficulty conceiving turn, as a first resort, to what’s called Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Now don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a place for conventional medicine’s approach to infertility treatments. However, it has become big business and every year, childless couples literally spend billions of dollars in their attempt to conceive and give birth to a healthy, normal baby.
It seems to me, as both a normal, rational adult as well as a biologist with major drug company experience the clinical testing area that I believe that infertile couples have been sold a bill of goods by the medical establishment. If you review literature on the Internet concerning the cost of fertility drug treatments and/or Assisted Reproductive Technologies, you’ll find that a typical cycle of conventional medical fertility treatments will run between $7,000 and $12,000.
If you take those figures and you extend them by the 15% or so of couples who want to become pregnant but can’t, due to infertility issues, you will discover very quickly, why a multibillion-dollar industry has grown up around conventional medical treatments for infertility.
To be honest, I would be surprised if an infertile couple were to spend $1,000 (USD) implementing Lisa Olson’s Pregnancy Miracle method to correct their infertile condition and become pregnant within two months (60 days) as Lisa guarantees. It seems to me again as a rational adult trying that before I went the fertility drug or IVF or similar treatment route would make a lot of sense.
If you would like to find out more about why I say that and consider it to be a viable alternative, check out the official Pregnancy Miracle website by clicking here.