Many women have a difficult time conceiving after having a C-Section; which brings up a very curious question:
Is there a connection between having a C-Section and infertility?
It is believed that C-Sections can disrupt the reproductive system making it difficult for a woman to conceive a second time, which they refer to as ‘secondary infertility’, and I was a perfect example of that.
After I had my first C-Section, my husband and I tried for almost 3 years before getting pregnant again. It was frustrating because I had no problems conceiving before that, in fact we got pregnant almost immediately the first time.
So what was the problem this time?
Most women don’t actually know what the problem is or if there is a problem at all. That was also true for me.
I still to this day don’t know what the problem was, but there are a few possibilities that link having a C-section and infertility.
1. Psychological. Some specialists have suggested that the inability to conceive after a c-section could be psychological .This can be due to the fact that having a c-section can be a huge disappointment if it’s unexpected. Couple that with the physical pain and the stress of having major surgery and this may cause a psychological block.
2. Medical. The C-section surgery can create scar tissue or adhesions making it difficult for an embryo to implant in the uterus. Scar tissue or adhesions can also form on the fallopian tubes preventing conception. They can also create complications that block ovaries making it difficult to get pregnant; and in some cases preventing pregnancy altogether. If you suffered a pelvic infection after your C-Section this can also block the fallopian tubes.
3. Age. C-sections often get blamed for the inability to get pregnant a second time when in fact it could be your age. If you are over the age of 35 your chances of conceiving drop considerably. There are of course many women who have no problem conceiving well into their late thirties and even forties, but generally speaking once you reach 35 it can take longer to conceive. If you combine age with psychological or any medical problems that could be associated with having had a C-Section, this can make conceiving that much more difficult.
What Can you do If you’ve had a C-Section and you can’t get pregnant?
When I had trouble conceiving after my first C-Section, I asked my doctor about it. Since we had been trying for a year at that time, he didn’t seem overly concerned. He suggested I create and follow an ovulation schedule to help determine when my fertile window occurred each month. This window would tell me when it’s time to conceive.
The best way to determine your fertile window is to record your menstrual cycle and chart your body temperature each day or study changes in your cervical mucus or do both. Doing this it took me several months to conceive but it worked. The important thing is not to give up. Even though it took me almost 3 years, it paid off for me to continue working at it.
Here’s a handy step-by-step guide on how to chart your ovulation from Babyzone.
If calculating ovulation doesn’t work, many women have sought help from the ‘Pregnancy Miracle‘. This is a holistic approach to strengthening your reproductive system written by Lisa Olson, someone who battled with infertility herself. Even after having a C-Section this may need all you really need to boost your reproductive cycle. This guide may be of particular value if you’ve had fertility issues in the past. I would certainly recommend starting here before contacting a fertility specialist. This has worked for many women saving them thousands in fertility costs.
Tip: If you suspect adhesions are keeping you from conceiving, this guide may not help you, but to be sure I wrote Lisa asking for her thoughts. Here’s what Lisa said:
“While we had only a few women who managed to conceive using the Pregnancy Miracle program even though they had a blocked/damaged tube, I can’t guarantee the program will work in the cases that have c-section adhesions.”
This may be discouraging news, but unless your doctor can confirm that adhesion are the culprit, they may not actually be the problem. Before making any rash assumptions, I would suggest starting with an ovulation schedule and perhaps put Lisa’s infertility plan to work.
If you’re still having trouble getting pregnant it may be time to consult a specialist, but first give yourself every opportunity to conceive without drugs, surgery or invasive measures.
Respond to Infertility with Prayer and Faith
Prayer is powerful. I’ve achieved many things through faith in God and the prayers that accompany my faith.
We know that through the Bible that God’s will for you is to be fruitful and multiply. The story of Abraham and Sarah are a prefect example. Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 when they had their first child. Use your faith in God’s word and you will be blessed abundantly.
1 Samuel 1:27
I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.
Doctors and research communities believe that C-Sections can influence secondary infertility, but whether the cause is psychological or physical it’s difficult to tell. However, unless you have concrete evidence that indicates you are infertile try the things that will help: