What is secondary infertility?

When a woman is unable to conceive or have a full-term pregnancy after already having had children without difficulty before, it is called secondary infertility. According to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, “It is a diagnosis that comes with its own set of stigma and support needs.”

But couples with secondary infertility often receive far less social support from others than couples who have primary infertility, because the couple already has a child or children. “But the need for support should not be ignored. A couple can be extraordinarily thankful for their existing child and still long for more children,” RESOLVE states.

For tips on when to see a specialist and how to get the support you need for secondary infertility, see the RESOLVE web site. And if you have questions about treatments, please contact our office for a free phone consultation.

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