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Getting Pregnant a Second Time Around: IUI or IVF

Asian Boy Girl SiblingsMany women who have been able to successfully conceive and give birth in the past don’t have as much luck the second time around. You are suffering from secondary infertility if you are struggling to get pregnant again. You are not alone. Three million women in the United States are unable to get pregnant – or carry a pregnancy to full term – after previous success in delivering a healthy baby. Don’t wait any longer to have a second child. Make an appointment with a patient-focused fertility care team for a check up on you and your partner’s current reproductive health.

Coping With Secondary Infertility

When you have trouble getting pregnant again, a full range of emotions arise – guilt, frustration, sadness, confusion, and loneliness.

  • Make an appointment with a fertility specialist. Don’t hesitate seeking a second or third opinion. Reaching out for professional medical care will help you to have control of your predicament.
  • Don’t blame yourself. You are not the target of fault, even if you have delayed having a second child. Or, just because you waited to have your first child is also no cause for self-blame.
  • Prepare yourself for questions. You may encounter questions like – When are you going to get pregnant again? – or – Is this your only child? Having a short and direct answer prepared will help reduce your anxiety. We’re working on it – will satisfy most inquisitive people who are unaware of what you’re going through.
  • Nurture and enjoy the child you have. Take time to nurture and enjoy your child. When you finally are able to give him/her a sibling, you will be busy with the new baby. Strengthen your bond while you have time.

Causes of Secondary Infertility

The causes of secondary infertility are very similar to the causes of primary infertility. You and your partner will undergo thorough diagnostic testing to help identify the root cause of your secondary infertility. The human reproductive system changes over time and medical conditions arise. Secondary infertility can result from either male-factor infertility or female-factor infertility causes.

  • Low sperm production
  • Poor sperm motility – delivery
  • Poor sperm quality – morphology
  • Irregular or no ovulation in women
  • Hormonal issues for both men and women
  • Fallopian tube blockage
  • Endometriosis damage
  • Uterine cavity damage that may have occurred during a previous pregnancy

Secondary Infertility Treatment Options

Fertility Experts Helping Women Get Pregnant a Second Time

We are a patient-focused fertility care team dedicated to helping women get pregnant a second time around. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969.7422.

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