The majority of women should have no problem getting pregnant after having a cesarean compared to other fertility issues, but there are definitely some risks to consider. WebMD did a survey that concluded approximately 2% of mothers who had a C-section experienced problems with getting pregnant again.
If you have had a cesarean birth and are planning to have more children in the future, it’s imperative that you and your partner are as informed as possible. Let’s take a look at how C-sections may affect future fertility and what you can do about it.
Waiting Period After Your Cesarean
After having a C-section, it is advised to wait 18 to 24 months before trying to conceive again. This is due to the fact that your body needs ample time for healing after such a major surgery. Getting pregnant less than 6 months after giving birth via a cesarean can increase your risk for a uterine rupture and other complications.
Scars & Struggles
After a cesarean surgery, it is normal for scar tissue to develop. However, sometimes internal scarring from a C-section can cause obstructions and inflammation in the abdomen and reproductive organs that, in turn, can prevent future pregnancies.
In addition, scar tissue can grow and form large masses causing endometriosis, which is extremely painful and can even sometimes cause infertility. Depending on the severity, doctors may even suggest removing the abnormally growing endometrial cells and tissues.
Complications & Infertility
In addition to extra scar tissue, C-sections can cause other complications that can determine your fertility fate in the future. Some examples of complications that can arise after a cesarean include:
- Internal infections at the incision site
- Hemorrhages from surgery
- Damage to non-reproductive organs like the bladder or stomach
- Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
- Defective ovulation and/or irregular menstrual cycles
Other complications vary from person to person. However, one of the most painful complications--both physically and mentally--is infertility. The inability to conceive after already delivering a child is known as secondary infertility.
Many couples who are experiencing secondary infertility sometimes struggle with finding help and support due to the fact that they already have a child. If you are one of those people, you are not alone; an estimated 3 million women in U.S. experience secondary infertility. Luckily, there are plenty of treatment options out there for treating the causes of secondary infertility.
How Can LFC Help
It’s important to choose doctors who understand how difficult it can be to conceive again, especially after already having children. Laurel Fertility Care (LFC) knows the struggles and dedicates our time to extensively evaluate patients’ individual circumstances and emotional needs first. We will address any and all questions and concerns you and your partner have regarding your fertility, and recommend a customized fertility treatment program like pelvic surgery, IVF, IUI, surrogacy and more.
LFC provides patients with solutions to fertility problems so you can continue building your families. Remember, you don’t have to experience secondary infertility alone or even indefinitely.