Primary infertility is the inability to conceive or carry a child to full term. Secondary infertility is inability to conceive for the second time, or the next time.
The causes for both tend to be similar. On the woman’s side it could be a blocked fallopian tube, one of many abnormalities in the uterus or an ovulation related problem. For men it could have to do with motility, shape or concentration of sperm in the semen. Sometimes reversal of a vasectomy also leads to infertility. Stress is another factor that might strongly affect the process.
For someone suffering from primary infertility, secondary infertility may feel like a blessing. When you struggle to have one child, the pain of secondary infertile parents might be the cause of an annoyance. However seeing from the point of view of parents of a single child who want to have another baby but unable to conceive, the pain is just as real and terrifying.
Most of us who have grown up with siblings know the joy of having one. And we want our kids to have that too. A brother to play with or a sister to take care of you.
There might be a number of other reasons for wanting more than one child. Especially in our society, a big family is preferred.
There might not be enough awareness or debate over secondary infertility as of yet, but it is an issue faced by many. There is a factor of guilt in play for such parents. They feel lucky enough to have a child and be called parents. Comparing themselves to those who aren’t as fortunate may make them feel guilty. But at the end of the day wanting a child and not being able to conceive is a harsh reality they have to face.
Having gone through the process of conceiving and birth once, they might have an idea of the things involved. But if you are having problems conceiving again, you must follow the same procedure as those suffering from primary infertility and consult a specialist at the appropriate time.
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