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6 Possible Reasons for Secondary Infertility

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

After having a baby, everyone thinks that having the second one is an easy task. But the truth is very bitter as there are many cases of secondary infertility as well.



What is secondary infertility?

Secondary infertility is the inability of carrying a baby after the first delivery. While it is not rare, the good news is that there are much more chances of conceiving after having the first issue. If you are someone who is struggling the second time around then this article is definitely for you as we are going to discuss the six possible reasons for secondary infertility here.


Age is a factor that plays a key role in infertility, whether primary or secondary. If you are a female of age above 35 years then it is more likely that you could experience secondary infertility due to less quantity and quality of the eggs produced by females at this age.

Changes in the hormones and risk of certain diseases also increases with age, thus leading to infertility. But if you are in your mid-30s then be patient and rule out the other reasons behind secondary infertility.

Sperm count

If you are a man then a decrease in the sperm count could be the main reason behind secondary infertility Though age, medications or health may be the reason for the low sperm count, it is also affected by two things: regular use of testosterone supplements or exposure to heat either by tight clothing or by directly using appliances


If you are a woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), then the hormonal imbalance that can disrupt ovulation is the main reason behind secondary infertility. Also, the abnormalities caused by infections or any sort of surgeries in the past can also be the reason behind any sort of infertility. Well, this is also the reason behind primary infertility.

Being overweight

Weight can affect both the sexes with regard to fertility. The women who have gained extra pounds can contribute to insulin resistance and also elevated levels of the testosterone that can stifle the ovulation. Also, implantation rates are at a lower side as compared to females with a healthy weight.

Similarly, for men, more weight can increase the levels of the estrogen and thus, lead to lower sperm counts.

Alcohol intake

Excessive alcohol intake is not good for both men and women. In the case of females, moderate or excessive intake can increase the time of conception and also reduce the chances of delivering a healthy baby.

While in the case of males, excessive intake can lead to an imbalance of the hormones and also decrease the sperm count.


As we all know that smoking is not good for our health but you might be surprised to know that smoking affects pregnancy at a greater rate as well. Women who smoke can face infertility as it can damage the eggs and can cause ovulation or implantation issues.

In men, smoking can cause to damage to the sperms or their DNA.

Patience is essential if you are trying to conceive but waiting too long can make some abnormalities advanced and treatment might be very difficult at the later stage. So, it's better to get help on time. Talk to your doctor about it in the first place.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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