What is secondary infertility?

Secondary infertility is infertility in someone who has been pregnant before.

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Many women experience additional signs referred to as secondary fertility signs. These signs do not necessarily occur in all women, or in every cycle in individual women. These signs can offer additional information to help women identify their fertile and infertile phases. Secondary fertility signs around ovulation may include:

  • Mid cycle spotting
  • Pain or achiness near the ovaries
  • Increased sexual feelings
  • Fuller vaginal lips or swollen vulva
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Water retention
  • Increased energy level
  • Heightened sense of vision, smell and taste
  • Increased sensitivity in breasts and skin
  • Breast tenderness
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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.

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