Sunday, March 29, 2020

What Are The First Steps In Coping With Secondary Infertility?

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You've had one child, perhaps even two. So it shouldn't be a problem when you decide to expand your family - you'd be well within reason to expect conceiving again to be straightforward. And yet secondary infertility issues are a lot more common than we sometimes understand. In fact, this type of trouble accounts for half of all cases and is actually a more common experience than those who experience primary infertility. So what is behind this condition and how do you deal with it? 
Why Can't I Get Pregnant Second Time Around? 
The truth is, there is no big mystery around the phenomenon of secondary infertility. Generally the causes are the same as those at play in primary cases - the age of the mother, issues with ovulation, being overweight or lifestyle factors all play a big part. It just seems harder to explain when you have successfully conceived and carried to term before. Of course, there are also cases where complications sustained in a first pregnancy have an effect as well. But on the whole, the factors at play tend to be the same across the board. 
What Do I Do Next? 
If you're struggling to have more children naturally, there are some steps you can take at home. If getting pregnant is just a little slow, it's worth going back to basics with the ovulation strips and timing cycles to determine your fertile window. This can feel much harder when you already have small children who demand so much of your time and energy, but it is worth tracking your fertility signs and trying to line it all up to give you the best chance of conception each month. Also check your lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise, caffeine consumption and your weight. Also, getting too little sleep - a very strong likelihood if you already have kids - can disrupt your hormone cycles and make it harder to conceive. 
Where Can I Get Help?
This issue can feel confusing and complex to begin with, but there are a range of options available. Starting with simple blood tests to determine hormone levels, ovulation tests, x-rays to see the condition of your fallopian tubes, or ultrasounds. Once a cause is determined through testing, you should then be able to work with your specialist to create a treatment plan. Planning to get fertility treatment from AFCC or another reputable clinic with a good success rate will give you peace of mind - which is actually an important factor in itself when it comes to getting pregnant, as stress and anxiety can deplete the hormones you need to conceive.

How Do I Cope Mentally?

Secondary infertility can be very testing on couples, so it's also important to keep your mental health in check. Stay positive and look for support groups and success stories to keep yourself buoyant. Find the good in every day. Remember to connect with your partner too, check in on how they’re feeling and support each other. Create and commit to a plan together so that you both feel you’re being proactive and regaining control together.

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