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Trouble Growing Your Family? It May Be Secondary Infertility

February 21, 2019
By REACH Fertility

Getting pregnant the first time around seemed like a cinch, and now you and your partner are ready to grow your family. Then months of trying pass without any success. What could have changed in such a relatively short period of time?  If you’re feeling blindsided by this new difficulty in conceiving, you’re not alone. Up to 30% of couples struggling with infertility are ones where the woman already has one or more children. This is called secondary infertility – a condition impacting more than three million women in the U.S. alone. Here, the fertility experts of REACH Fertility Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina discuss what it is, what causes it, and what you can do about it.

Coping with Secondary Infertility

If you’ve already had a child, learning that you have secondary infertility may come as a shock. If it happened easily before, why not now? But being unable to grow your family when you already have a child can be just as devastating as primary infertility – even though family, friends, and even healthcare providers may treat you differently than couples with primary infertility. Common responses from others often fall along the lines of, “You’re lucky you already have a child.” While that is true, it’s still extremely painful to realize that your family may not be able to grow your family in the ways you’ve always wanted.

In addition to the stress of struggling to conceive and sometimes unsupportive loved ones, parents with secondary infertility also have to deal with the added layer of a child who may be constantly asking for a little brother or sister. When you combine the pain of being unable to provide a longed for sibling with the stress of being unable to conceive, you can feel completely drained. Feelings of anger, frustration, and sadness are all perfectly normal feelings when dealing with any type of infertility. If you’re struggling with secondary infertility, it may help to set up time to speak with a therapist or spend time with a support group for those struggling with secondary infertility.

When Should You Seek Help?

If you’ve been trying to have another child for over a year (or for more than six months if you’re 35 or older), it may be time to speak to a qualified fertility specialist. Secondary infertility can be caused by many of the issues that cause primary infertility, including blocked fallopian tubes, issues with ovulation or ovarian reserve, sperm abnormalities, or scarring in the reproductive system. Even if these issues weren’t present before, they can develop over time, making it difficult to grow your family to the size you want.

So what is the first step? Scheduling a consultation with one of the fertility specialists at REACH Fertility Clinic. Our specialists will run diagnostic tests that can help identify the cause of your infertility and come up with a customized treatment plan that can help you build the family of your dreams. Ready to start? Call us at 888-551-0874 to schedule an appointment and get on the road to adding another bundle of joy to your family.


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