Secondary Infertility 101: Everything You Need to Know

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Jennifer L.W. Fink on Jun 27, 2011 at 4:18PM

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How Common is Secondary Infertility?

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a Jennifer L.W. Fink on Jun 22, 2011 at 3:15PM

Getting pregnant the first time was no problem, but now that you’re ready for baby number two, it’s just not happening. What gives? It could be secondary infertility, the technical term for the inability to have a child after successfully conceiving your first one. But don’t let the term scare you: a couple who has previously had a baby together almost always faces better odds than a couple who’s never been able to conceive. Time is of the essence, though, so read on for more info.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 7.3 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 struggle to have children. And RESOLVE, the national infertility organization, estimates that half of all cases of infertility are secondary infertility. That’s about 3.5 million women -- you’re not alone!

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