Getting pregnant the next time may not be as easy. What to do?
Did you have a plan to have two or more children, but don’t understand why it is taking so long to get pregnant the second time? We refer to this as Secondary Infertility and you are not alone.
The Doctors at Dominion Fertility find this fairly common in couples that had no problems conceiving their first child. Secondary Infertility can occur after already having children with no past infertility issues. We recommend consulting with a fertility doctor if you have been trying to conceive without contraception for 12 months or if you are older than 35 years of age and have been trying for 6 months or longer. The reason we recommend an evaluation for women 35 years old or greater is because we begin to see a decrease in the number and quality of a woman’s eggs. In fact, 4 out of every 7 couples trying to conceive after 35 years of age may experience secondary infertility.
At Dominion Fertility, we know how hard it is to watch the age gap between your child and your desired sibling grow, so we do encourage people to reach out for a consultation. The infertility evaluation is very simple and involves an ultra sound, a blood hormone test, a HSG (an xray to see if the tubes are open) and a semen analysis. The testing takes only 2-3 weeks. Secondary infertility can be an unexpected shock, but the good news is that we have many treatment options for you to complete your family. Today, there are many effective treatment options available and most couples with secondary infertility can successfully conceive.
Michael DiMattina, M.D.
Founder and Medical Director at Dominion Fertility