Let’s Talk Infertility

Spanky wants to discuss Let’s Talk Infertility: Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility is defines as the inability to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term, following the birth of one or more biological children. The birth of the first child did not need ART assisted reproductive technologies or fertility medications.

Infertility is a medical problem, 30 % of infertility is due to the female, and 30 % to the male and the other 30 % is a combination of both partners. Infertility is defined as a disease after the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse, or the ability to carry a pregnancy to birth.

When you have your first child with no problem you are caught off guard by having trouble with the next child. Secondary infertility can have similar causes like primary infertility. A men’s sperm can be impaired, ovulation disorders, fallopian tubes, complications to prior pregnancy and changes in your partners or yourself risk factors such as weight, age and use of medications.

You should see a specialist if you are under 35 if you have tried for at least one year and if over 35 after trying for a 6-month period. Be in control and talk to your OBGYN. Secondary infertility is very common.

It is so hard on the couple that you felt you had no issues having your first child, why is this happening with the next?   There is such a stigma with second infertility and people feel like you have one you should be happy and fortunate because there are some that haven’t conceived. It’s different than with primary infertility.

Emotions can run so high with infertility; there are so many feelings you and your partner are going through. You have to keep communications open between the two of you. It doesn’t take long before infertility becomes the ruling force over your life. Anyone who has experienced infertility for a period of time can tell the experience changes you. Look into a support group or an infertility counselor; it can be a big help through this roadblock. So if you feel you may have secondary infertility get to a specialist soon or talk to your OBGYN.

communication is important......
communication is important……

Book Review from Infertility Answers

infertility answersInfertility Answers by Sharon LaMothe

Sperm Tales-An Informative Guide Through the Challenges of Infertility by Lynn M. Collins

Sperm Tales-An Informative Guide Through the Challenges of Infertility by Lynn M. Collins truly touches on many of the issues of infertility and treatments throughout each and every page of the 26 chapters in this book. Although I don’t think you could guess from the title, Sperm Tales is dedicated to women who maybe struggling to become pregnant, have questions regarding fertility or couples who are going through treatments and want a further explanation of what tests and medications are being prescribed to them. It is easy to read with short stories of real patient scenarios that will make you either laugh out loud or cringe with sympathy.  Yes, there is quite a bit of information regarding the male factor but I found that Sperm Tales a well-balanced tutorial for anyone who is just trying to understand the concept of infertility. Discussed are tests, procedures, complications and causes that accompany the diagnoses of infertility. I believe it’s a great book to have in any well stocked Assisted Reproductive Professional’s library or for a newly diagnosed patient.   

Lynn M. Collins was trained in the Infertility field at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She later set up and worked for more than 10 years at an Infertility Lab and Sperm Bank in Danvers, MA. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Kevin, black lab Shamus and cat Trapper John.