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What can cause secondary infertility?

Infertility after a previous successful pregnancy is called secondary infertility. Even though you may be in great health, subtle anatomic and hormonal issues, as well as age factors, could be contributing to your difficulty.

One cause of secondary infertility occurs in up to 40% of women in their reproductive years who develop fibroid tumors in their uterus. Fibroids are benign muscle tumors that can distort the shape of the uterus and prevent embryos from implanting. Other women may have hormone issues, like an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), that can affect the ovaries’ ability to release eggs and make hormones.
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