Going through pregnancy, birth, and raising a baby takes a lot of energy, that's for sure. But once you come out the other end rested, you will probably get ready to do it all again!
Couples who are trying to conceive for the first time may well have some secret worries about their fertility. Will they get pregnant without a problem, or will they turn out to be infertile? This can indeed cause a significant amount of anxiety for some people hoping to become parents for the first time.
That second time around once you are already "proven" you are much less likely to have concerns over your fertility. Yet, secondary infertility does happen. It's the inability to conceive after already having a child or more, and secondary infertility is actually more common that primary infertility or not being able to conceive a first child.
Seeking medical help?
Do you already have a child or more and have now been trying to conceive again for quite a while, without success? First, ask yourself if you are now significantly older than you were when you got pregnant before. Age is the most frequent cause of infertility, and female fertility declines sharply after age 35.
Trying to have a baby with a new partner also demands closer examination. If you are not getting pregnant with your new partner but you already had biological children, then your new partner might be infertile but not getting pregnant can also be related to your age, or even your general health. People in all situations are wise to examine their general health and lifestyle before seeking medical help for infertility.
Are you eating well? Is your Body Mass Index at a healthy level? Is there any chance you could be nutrient deficient, suffer from sexually transmitted diseases, or that you're making unhealthy lifestyle choices that could interfere with your chances of getting pregnant? Don't underestimate environmental and personal-choice causes of infertility.
In men, a constant overheating of the testicles can lead to an inability to produce healthy sperm. This can happen if a man wears synthetic, tight underwear, if he places his laptop in his lap a lot, or if he has many hot baths. Smoking, recreational drugs, and drinking can be causes of secondary infertility in both sexes.
The mentioned weight problems, sexually transmitted diseases, and nutritional deficiencies can also play enormous roles. So check these things out before you see a doctor about infertility, or at the same time. If you are sure you have done everything in your power to live a healthy life, you'll want to see a doctor and start the infertility testing process after 12 months (for couples under 35) or after six months (for couples over 35).
Couples who already have children and who are now facing secondary infertility do often have a chance to have more children. This may come about through lifestyle chances that you implement in accordance with your medical professional's advice depending on the stage you are at, this could be a family doctor, a reproductive endocrinologist, or even a nutritionist. If either partner is diagnosed with fertility conditions a low sperm count, endometriosis, or an ovulation disorder fertility treatment may be the right choice for you.
Don't be too demotivated that you need fertility treatment now when you were perfectly able to conceive naturally before. Fertility treatment helps numerous couples have babies every year. Make no mistake. Many of the couples who successfully have a baby with the assistance of artificial reproductive techniques like intrauterine insemination and IVF are couples who conceived naturally in the past. I would like to caution couples who got pregnant and had kids naturally in the past against waiting too long to start the fertility testing process.
Don't assume that you can get pregnant naturally again, if only you give nature more time. There is no time like the present, and when it comes to fertility you will never be as fertile as you are right now that goes for those who have IVF as well as those who are trying to conceive naturally.