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What's the difference between primary and secondary infertility?

What's the difference between primary and secondary infertility?

Previous Pregnancy: Secondary infertility is an inability to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term in a woman who has given birth to a child without the assistance of reproductive medicine in the past. Primary infertility is infertility in a couple who has never been able to conceive, despite at least one year of unprotected intercourse. ...Read more

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Secondary infertility. Does it happen often?

Possibly more often: Many experts believe it's more common to suffer from secondary infertility than primary infertility. This is due to such factors as an older age (in the woman) and exposure to reproductive toxins over time. Other possible issues include progressive endometriosis, infectious diseases, and the ravages a varicocele can induce as time passes. ...Read more

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What are some secondary infertility treatment options?

What are some secondary infertility treatment options?

The same: The treatment options for secondary infertility are the same as they are for primary infertility. Traditional evaluation needs to be completely performed in looking for both male and female factors as if they had not been previously pregnant. Then the treatments are directed towards what is found to be abnormal. ...Read more

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What is the most common reason for secondary infertility? Husband & I have both been checked, lots of tests, no answers.

What is the most common reason for secondary infertility? Husband & I have both been checked, lots of tests, no answers.

Secondary?: I assume, therefore, that you two have been pregnant before. There are many potential causes and you need to discuss your problems w/a reproductive endocrinologist. It is far to involved a question to be answered in 400 characters. ...Read more

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Secondary infertility. What are treatment options?

Secondary infertility. What are treatment options?

Depends on the cause: First we do tests to find the cause(s) - diminished ovarian reserve (low egg supply), hormonal issues, blocked tubes, polyps or fibroids inside the uterus, or sperm problems. Treatment depends on the results but may be fertility tablets like Clomid (clomiphene) or Letrozole with intrauterine inseminations (iui), injectable medicines and iui, in vitro fertilization (ivf), egg donation, or embryo donation. ...Read more

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Am struggling to get pregnant again? What causes secondary infertility?

Am struggling to get pregnant again? What causes secondary infertility?

Fertility workup: See a gynecologist if you seem to have difficulty getting pregnant. Three main areas of testing will be suggested, after reviewing your situation carefully. Male factor is checked with sperm analysis. Ovulation is checked with hormonal testing and "tubal factors" like blockage and endometriosis are checked with imaging and minor procedures, like hysterosalpingogram, ultrasound and laparoscopy. ...Read more

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Secondary infertility treatment options are what?

Secondary infertility treatment options are what?

Same as Primary: Secondary infertility is caused by the "usual suspects" and the treatments are the same. We find that the causes of infertility are essentially the same as if the couple never had a pregnancy. There are some causes like prior sterilization that are different an require different treatment. I hope this helps answer your question, best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from secondary infertility have a fsh of 2.4 and shbg of 75are these in range?

I'm suffering from secondary infertility have a fsh of 2.4 and shbg of 75are these in range?

Time of tests/cycle: The time your FSH and SHBG were taken in your menstrual cycle determines whether they are normal for conception or not. I don't have that information and therefore can't render an opinion. ...Read more

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Is there treatment for secondary infertility ?

Is there treatment for secondary infertility ?

Yes, alwasy: Secondary infertility can always be treated with assisted reproductive technology. See an infertility specialist, or rei doctor for help. Women can take pills, do iui, injections to stimulate ovaries, ivf, donor egg, surrogate, lots of methods to have a baby these days. Talk to an expert for advice! ...Read more

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Waiting on trus & tunel result for husband (secondary infertility), before mtese.Its been 7 weeks.If azoospermic, how/what are they testing? How long?

Waiting on trus & tunel result for husband (secondary infertility), before mtese.Its been 7 weeks.If azoospermic, how/what are they testing? How long?

Various: Trus is transrectal ultrasound looking for seminal vesicle dilation that would indicate an obstruction causing azo. The prostate can be evaluated as well. Tunel assay is dna fragmentation of sperm. I would be careful of this test. No corroborative studies aside from the developers of the test. ? What to do with results - no validated studies. ? Use in azo. Takes time for results. ...Read more